By Deborah M. Merrill

ISBN-10: 0865692696

ISBN-13: 9780865692695

In accordance with open-ended interviews with grownup little ones and children-in-law, this e-book records how "plain people" from the operating and center periods be capable to offer deal with their frail, aged mom and dad whereas concurrently assembly the duties in their jobs and their very own rapid households.

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At the time of the interview, she required help with dressing and using the toilet, although she could feed herself. Because they felt that their mother could not be left alone, Liza and Illustrations of Caregiving 27 her family continued to divide their mother's care over a twenty-four hour day. Two weeks after the interview, however, Liza's mother was placed in a nursing home due to progressive dementia. Liza said to her siblings, "On Thursday we are taking Ma to put her into a nursing home and we are all going to be there.

Yet, she appeared to "volunteer" in a way that other only children, who felt that they had no alternative, did not. She stated, I had a choice to make. My mother could have gone into a nursing home; she was far enough along. Or she could come home and live with me. I talked to my husband and then my kids before I decided. It was going to affect everyone, and I needed their help if this was going to work. Mark was the only son who volunteered to become a caregiver. However, upon closer examination, Mark volunteered to have his mother live in his home, which was once the family home.

Tom and his siblings (two sisters and a brother, all of whom lived in the area) flew down to be with their mother during her initial medical treatment. Tom flew down a second time to make arrangements to have his mother sent back to their hometown. Once back home, June was in the hospital for several weeks and then in a rehabilitation center. Her physicians said that she would need 24-hour care and would probably never walk again. Tom did not want his mother to go into a nursing home. With his siblings unwilling to care for their mother in their homes, he volunteered his wife as caregiver during a family meeting.

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Caring for Elderly Parents: Juggling Work, Family, and Caregiving in Middle and Working Class Families by Deborah M. Merrill

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