Hello everyone. I'm so glad that I found this forum this evening. I am feeling so alone, which from reading this forum, is not uncommon.
My mom, who just turned 72, is in rapidly declining health. She lives about 40 minutes away--close enough, but far enough to be a challenge when you're having to make the trip several times a week for groceries, laundry, and other things that come up.
In any case, without going into a lot of detail here, I am feeling completely overwhelmed.
I do not have siblings, and there is no other family to lean on--I'm it.
I'm also single, trying to hold down a job, and trying to manage two households. My mom just got out of the hospital, and so we do have in-home care for now. But I know that will soon end. I cannot afford to pay for continued in-home care, and I doubt whether she will spend her money for it.
I feel overwhelmed, trapped, exhausted, stuck, but also grateful that I am able to help her out. I'm reading these posts and recognizing that many people are dealing with far more than I am. I'm just at the beginning of all this.
I'm not really sure what my question is. Just interested to hear how other only children or sole caregivers have coped and what the options might be once Medicare stops paying for in-home care.