Follow
Share

Hello, everyone. I decided to ask my first question after months of looking at the forums.


My granny is living by herself in a 2 bedroom apt that she has been living in for about 9 years. She is very active in her church as she has been for about 40 odd years. She still works and just stopped driving 2 years ago. I have tried to get her closer to me for about 10 years. 5 years ago we actually went through the process of getting her a assisted living apt complex deposit and all. She came up with every excuse including the leasing agent not wanting her to have the apt. I was working 10 hours a day commuting about 45 mins per day for her to not want the apt because "she wants to be independent for as long as she can" so it was and is a very frustrating situation.

I have a bf of 3 years we will hopefully be getting married within the next year he is very understanding and goes with me to her appts. I have medical power of attorney and am able to take her to certain Dr's Appts when it is planned far enough in advance.She was in the hospital overnight for blood clots in her legs about a month ago and was out for the count for about a week due to the medication causing dizziness. Once she was better she back running around everyday with the church but talking about how tired she is the Dr told her is she had waited the blood clot would have burst and went to her lungs and caused death. Her congregation member took her to the ER instead of the minor medical clinic that she loves to go to due to getting in and out because "she has things to do". The whole time we were there she was complaining about being there alone and that I didn't bring her anything to eat. Hopped up to go to the bathroom even though she was a fall risk and went to the bathroom by herself. Basically hardheaded and playing up her age for sympathy


I am 40 about to purchase a house a 3 bedroom 2 bath house and the only thing she keeps saying is I want to be as independent as I can for as long as I can, while complaining about the bus services, me not being able to take her to dr's appts, not being able to get her packages that I send her due to not being there and missing the packages. She actually canceled a package that I sent her for a heating pad that she needed because after not being there to get the package she "wasn't going to run the people down to get the package is that what I am supposed to do?"


I work at home full time as a teacher and the strain on me its very unbearable and I don't know what to do. It's pulling me in every direction and making it very stressful to me. Her new thing now is going days on end with no phone calls letting me know that she is ok then when I do talk with her" it's no big deal your so busy I just waited for you to call me"


I feel like the only way she is going to live with us is when she ends up in the hospital and or breaks a hip or it's something major. I fear for her safety and her being a walking target when she is out and about.


She likes to also tell me 1 week or 2 after she falls that she fell and has brittle bone syndrome. Refuses to reschedule appts and just refuses to give in anyway that can make others lives easier.


My dad her son is 2300 miles away the only thing he says is you can't make her do anything along with her younger brother that loves to stay with her for a month at a time and then leave her a 100 dollar olive garden card for payment whole other story. Every time she has a dr's appt it's always the Dr says "I can still stay by myself"


What should I do with this situation? Sorry for the length, and thanks in advance.

Find Care & Housing
There are two things to consider here. The first is that you think your grandmother would be better off living with you. She doesn’t want that, although she is happy to put pressure on you to support her in being ‘independent’. The second thing to consider is what happens when her condition deteriorates even further. A bit of searching on this site will tell you that moving her in with you could end up being a disaster for you, your new husband and even for her. She might well be better off moving into a facility of the right level and with the ability to change levels when appropriate. When she is in her 90s you may not be able to do what she needs.

If the finances are in order, it may be that the best option for both of you is to provide the support she needs at present, and then move her into a facility when she also realises that she needs more help than you are able to provide. Think it through, and best wishes.
Helpful Answer (1)
Reply to MargaretMcKen
Report

If your Dads not worried, maybe you shouldn't be either. I know this sounds cruel but my DH had a very stubborn Mom who he loved but he would say "she is going to do what she wants to do".

I would call her local Office of Aging and see what resources they have available. They should supply transportation for shopping and appts. I would have her take advantage of what is out there.

Just keep in touch with her. Do what you can, turn down what you can't. If she is so involved with Church maybe there r members that would be glad to help with getting her to appts at least.

You may just have to wait until something serious happens.
Helpful Answer (4)
Reply to JoAnn29
Report
Atmywitsend40 Mar 20, 2019
Thanks for the reply. In our city the transportation and other things senior wise are lacking. She always talks about them being late or being too scared to take a uber She had a sister at the church that was taking her but now she is getting a job so no more of that. Hopefully she doesn't seriously hurt herself but I can only do what I can do.
(0)
Report
See 1 more reply

Ask a Question

Subscribe to
Our Newsletter