I'm a free caregiver for woman (80) woman whose son lives across the street and won't help.

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The son and his sister said they would help but have not. I have taken care of this woman for over a year for free, she has a valve that's closing and makes her very tired, diabetes, pace maker and isn't steady on her feet, I'm 60 married and all 3 of my children moved out and I had extra bedroom, she was living in senior housing but her two sons were on drugs and living there and she was being abused verbally, financially and her health was bad, her good son lives across the street n we've been friends for years, him and his sister said they would help with her but after we moved her in they would get mad at her and started telling me what a bad mom she was so they do not help with her, i charge her $700 a month.And I buy everything food, toiletries, etc.even her shampoo she pays for nothing, so I half to cook her meals and clean her bathroom and drive her everywere, so I am doing this all for free, she gets paid to much $$ every month for ihss unless she pays $875 a mo. Co pay.. my feelings are hurt because I've asked for help or I think I should be compensated because she is alot of work and responsibility, and rarely do i even get a thanks, his sister did once and he has a couple times, I think if they a knowledge what I do they will feel I should be paid, I promised the old lady I would never kick her out and I can't but I feel I'm being taken advantage of and I'm gonna tell am all off, but then they'll never talk to her and she has gone to dinner over there maybe 5 or 6 times in over a year.. can someone please tell me what I can do .? I've talked to all of them , asked for help, b*tched about how I don't have a life beyond her and they just won't help.. always excases, she overflowed toilet and kept flushingng it there was poop everywere sister I threw all my towels on it to keep it in bathroom ran across the street asked for help to unclog it and it took him over one and a half hours to get here, by then I used a hanger and u clogged it and was almost done cleaning it up. He said sorry was on phone with insurance Co. And that was it for me so I have ignored them since.. please someone tell me how to handle this, I think the mom talks behind my back too because people told me so I said do it again and u will move..I'm not even related and I wouldn't desert her. What is wrong with people??

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Thank all of you so much for taking the time to read and respond to my posts, the Pace program started on the first of October and we went there today and she really enjoyed it, friday will no more about how many hours she will get for home care, after reading everyones posts I realize what strong and amazingly sweet and caring people you all are and i know it could be alot worse, i dont know how some of you cope on a daily basis, im in awe of all of you, I have talked to my children who are from 21 to 41 and told them under any circumstances they are not to become caregivers for me.. I made them promise not to do it.. it haunts me to think they would half to do this.. maybe this is why shes here because theres a reason for everything.. and people who dont do this really have no idea what it is to do this everyday, I cant imagine being 80 and not having my child who is 200 feet from me not loving me enough to even visit.. by the way that used to be her house and she paid $13,000 for it 50 years ago, I did tell am off finally because she cries when she goes to mailbox and they act like they dont see her but wave at me when i drive by, so now there mad at me too and so more excuses not to help, i cant put her out and let her die alone because nobody deserves that.
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time to pass the baton to the children.. they are ultimatly responsible for her. I know it hurts you and her, but sometimes you have to save yourself first. Her children are responsible for her in the long run.. do not take on any financial reponsibily for her at your own risk
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And i did contact AL facility by my house and they need guaranteur , like a cosigner for her and im not cosigning .. wish i could sue her bratty grown children, were just making the best of a very bad situation, so ill rant on here once in a while.
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They really have let me down im very disappointed in them and i asked her about AL and she cried and said shell pay me a little more if she can stay.. breaks my heart..
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Good luck to you with getting some resolution of your caregiving duties! I hope her kids step up, or you will have no other option but to find her care elsewhere, so sorry the've disappointed you and let you down!
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There comes a time in various types of situations, especially caregiving, when analyses need to be done and choices made, some of which are very difficult.

You've provided a needed service for quite some time to someone who isn't a relative; her family hasn't stepped up to the plate, so it's appropriate for you to hand off the responsibility to someone who can. The frustration in your posts makes it clear that it's not healthy for you to continue.

Instead of becoming resentful, become determined. If PACE doesn't work out, you might just have to contact APS and ask to arrange for them to become involved in helping.

And start planning your new life, today.
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None of them have poa, she doesnt have anything, and im really becoming resentful towards all of them, they said when she passes they will donate her body to hospital /science so she will be cremated for free.. I just cant understand them and would never tell her but thats the kind of things im dealing with, on top of her snapping at me.. i do think i will go over today and put my foot down with her son and tell am if they dont help !! to find assisted living for her.. im done with it..and they will take all her $$
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PACE (Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) is a wonderful program, I certainly hope the son who has POA supports your decision.
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I have a nurse coming today to access her needs the pace program says i have caregivers burnout n stress especially not being a relative n for free, im praying this takes alot of the burden off me, even if they can prepare her meals and transportation to appts or store will be a great help, im just tired of feelling like this was suppose to be a nice thing to do and know im gonna be the bad guy when im done, this discussion board is one of the best things ive found to find people with the same feelings and hoopefull the pace program is eveything it says it is
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It's time, It's time! You have been an Angel, but she's got to go, before she upsets your entire family and your marriage! Believe me!
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