I would like to know if you guys think this constitutes therapeutic lying:
I am hiring a nurse to come sit with my mom a few hours a week so that she isn't alone as much. My sister and I are there often but not all the time. Mom (81) has vascular dementia and Alzheimer's but still functioning at home pretty well. She has controlled diabetes and high blood pressure as well as COPD. She's actually in pretty good physical condition but she has fallen a few times and sometimes if she gets on her knees to do something she can't get back up without assistance.
I'm hiring a nurse to be with her but I don't want to tell my mom that the hire is mainly just a companion or "sitter". The nurse will check her sugar and blood pressure, etc., but she's being hired to help keep an eye on my mom. She'll be there for 2 hours once a week.
I want to tell my mom that her dr. is starting up home health again, which she had before, but they discontinued. I HATE lying. But I also hate to make my mom feel like a child. She already feels bad about herself because she can't remember how to cook and she's getting worse...sometimes she can't remember how to make her coffee or use the vacuum cleaner.
What do you think? Any other suggestions? The nurse is starting tomorrow! I thought it would be good to start a nurse now and then increase the amount of time the nurse is there as my mom gets worse.