Mom really would like to help around the house, but due to her balance issues, (she does use a walker) I get very nervous when she tries to help. She likes to do the dishes and clean the kitchen. My biggest fear is when she inevitably walks away from her walker. The kitchen table is a pedestal table, so when she leans on it, it could lead to a fall. Watching her dust is scary, too, as when she starts to reach away from her, she gets very unsteady. While I appreciate her wanting to help, I am having a tough time coming up with things she can safely do!
For a while, she was helping to fold the laundry, but since her motor skills are so bad and I had to re-fold everything. I started doing laundry on the day she's with my sister. That's really selfish isn't it? It would mean a lot to her to do it, then I can take it upstairs and re-fold it all.
I have been feeling like I'm not the good person I used to think I was. Then, there are days that I know that I'm doing the best I can, taking care of Mom, my family, and working full time. I find myself not being very patient, rolling my eyes behind her back, and need to find a way to overcome this. Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance for your help!