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4/10/13 10:31 A

Lori,

I'm sorry to hear that you mom's health is declining. Taking care of our parents isn't an easy thing. It can be extremely overwhelming, so do make sure you take care of your health. Because if you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to look after your mom.

Do you have siblings or other relatives who can come over and help out ? Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. You're not Wonder Woman. None of us are. There is only so much a person can do. You do the best you can and take things day to day.

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4/10/13 3:32 A

I am sorry to hear that your mother's health is declining!

Is she living in her own home or with you? ........... or is she in a Care Home?

I have worked in a Care Home and also in the client's own home, with them having varying needs - some just with a bit of house work, but others with virtual total care re dementia or physical issues. I also had my Mother-in-law live with my husband and I in our own home, until she passed away. I now care for my 91yr old mother and 93yr old stepfather - both of whom live in their own homes, but not without lots of input from me and daily caregivers.

One thing that I will suggest is to ensure that you have a very good support system in place. We all need someone we can off-load to at times, and when a parent's health is declining, often the adult children grieve this loss, too! Make sure that you take some time out to do what YOU need/want too! This is really important because it helps to give us strength to continue caring for them.

We are here to support you as much as we can, too, so remember that!
Take care,
Kris

PS - I wanted to give you a SparkGoodie but your SparkPage is set to private so I couldn't so instead will give you this:
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K. xx

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4/9/13 6:05 P

mom is going to need more and more care... i can do it, but, up until this point i didn't realize, or didnt allow myself to think about it. time to buck up and do it.

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