Making room for mom

While the idea of having my mother-in-law live with us is hard the reality of the situation is that we may have no choice.

  • Our choices in home care are becoming more limited as her mental faculties are slipping farther plus farther away.

She is childlike on most days plus makes everyday choices that can be dangerous. We have looked into the occasion of having a home health aide stay with her during the hours while we are at work but she seems irritated when a stranger is in the house. We can’t risk her hurting herself or others either. We need to make some adjustments to our home to make this new arrangement work. The area that we will be using as an dwelling for her was never intended as a space for someone to live so we need to add a bathroom, update the space with it’s own heating plus cooling, plus make sure that each exit has an alarmed lock so we know if she is leaving unattended, by making this safe space we can hire someone for minimum care such as meal prep plus socialization instead of having a higher level of full on care. If she feels that the lady is basically visiting her plus having a meal with her she will be less likely to be aggressive. She would hopefully view them as a buddy instead of a caregiver. We checked into the options of a separate heating plus cooling device plus we found that we can have a mini split device installed that can be controlled by our PCs. My mother-in-law would not have the ability to adjust the temperature on her own so the space would not be too sizzling or too frigid at any given time. I am sure that this will be the best option for all of us when it is all done.

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