Home Care for 24/7 LTC - plausible or am I dreaming?
Has anyone had experience caring for a loved one at home who is paralyzed on one side and generally weak although mentally alert?
Two and half months after a paralyzing stroke, it's clear Mom isn't going to be able to get herself into and out of a wheelchair. Her independent personality (sounds like a cliche, but she really hates having people pay attention to her at all) does not fit with institutionalized LTC. She always said she had a good life and is ready for whatever, so I know she has no desire to live anything less than a life that included family and her beloved outdoors. It is tempting to let her pass silently but because she would be so missed, the family isn't ready to let her go. Problem is home care would involve the kind of lift that you need to put the patient on a sling to get in and out of the wheelchair, and this requires two persons. We live in a semi-remote area - a half hour from any small city where one normally can hire home care and they can ride busses to get here. The family consists of Mom and Dad in early 80s, 5 healthy kids, only two of which are able to spend any time at all at home, and one who lives at home but is partially disabled as well. Medicaid might cover home care during the day, but since two people are required to get Mom in and out of bed, is there any hope that this kind of home care is possible? I could move in myself, but it sounds like I couldn't do it by myself. I might need to work during the day if I lived there. Please share your experiences.