When I was at a loss a few months ago several people on this site reached out to me. The support and advice I was given helped me. I gained strength and courage from this forum especially from Need Help With Mom other members also and I hope you all read this as I have great news that my Mom is back home as of this Jan.23 and doing very well.
I should have written sooner but am still facing barriers everyday. The main one is that almost all the support I had in place before she went to a long term care home has now told me I need to start the process all over. But I am taking one day at a time and climbing one step at a time.
Being my Mothers caregiver for so many years took its toll on me and deciding to put her in a long term care home was very difficult for me but at the time I felt I had no choice and that it was the best decision.
I made a mistake , I did not know what a secure unit was like and did not research the home I was putting her in. I spent 4 months fighting my family to bring her back home. My life all of a sudden became twice as hard because this long term care was not at all providing 24 hour care.
Long story short my life was turned upside down so much more and I cannot even thing about what my Mother went through.
Please do not get me wrong , I understand how hard it is to put a parent in long term and I understand that if a parent is in danger to themselves or someone else there is no choice. I understand that most people cannot afford in home 24 hour care. My Mom can afford .
I felt I had no choice but to assist my Mom to a LTCH I was almost happy when they called with a bed but I made a big mistake, my life became so much harder.
Everyone's circumstance is so different and I know so many people's parents health may be more severe than my Mom. In the LTCH 90% of the residents were wheelchair bound and had severe disability's . My Mother has Dementia but can still walk , talk and pick up a spoon and knife .
Because both my Mom and I have now experienced a bad long term care home I would like to tell anyone in this position to really research the LTCH before making a move. If you are able to source more help at home at all before a decision is made I would recommend. I made a wrong decision and my life was turned upside down but it was my Mother who suffered.
The old saying the grass is not always greener on the other side.
She is back in her home of 40 years and her broken hand that incurred in LTCH is healed, she is slowly walking more and her spirits are high. I am still dealing with a lot but know I can be her caregiver for a while longer I know I made the right decision.
Spring is almost here all her flowers will bloom soon and the day that I see her in her garden I am sure I will cry.
We are one of the lucky ones. I thank the people on this site that helped me, I hope this letter reaches the people that responded to my question for strangers to take the time and give me such good and strengthening advice.
Spring is at our door and my Mother is happy in her home.