I'll try a give a brief background history. Before my mom (85 yrs. old) moved with my husband and I, she lived alone in Philadelphia. Two years ago she needed emergency neck surgery. Things started to take a quick change when it came to caring for her. Surgery left my mom with nerve damage in her left arm. My sister was her caregiver for many years. Taking care of washing her clothes, shopping, banking, picking up her medications, doctor visits and cleaning. She also had her own family and work.
My siblings and I discussed asking our mom to move with me until her arm got better. Her home had stairs which made it very difficult and unsafe. I talked to my mother while she was in the hospital and again when she was in rehab. My mom had all the excuses but, her doctor made it clear that, it would take up to six months to a year for her arm to become mobile again. I left Philly under the impression, I would be coming back to get her. Once I left Philadelphia and came home to prepare. Mom called me to tell me she talked to my sister, because she wanted to try and see what she can do at home. It was a mess!! Everything was left on my sister. Getting her up the steps was crazy! Someone had to lift her arm to grab the banister while, my mom tried to hold on and lift her foot up on each step. I talked to my mom and my sister about the situation but four months went by after that. My sister was getting burnt out! Finally my sister talked to my mom. It wasn't easy but my sister had to think of how this was effecting her and her family. In the past we saw things changing for my mom. The chairs in the house became hard to get out of. My mother ended up sitting in one chair without arms, every day (Falling asleep and ending up on the floor more then once)! My mom has the money to do many things to make herself comfortable.
So...my mom calls me and tells me I can come and get her whenever I'm ready. The undertone was, She'll fix my sister for even asking!!
I figured this would be the best thing for her because there were no immediate plans for getting the things she needed to live at home. Our home has no stairs also. I knew she was mentally trying to deal with everything. My husband and I are retired. He still works to keep busy though. He's 74 (In great health) and I'm 58. He has the perfect hours so he helps me during the day when I need him. I'm also caring for my two grand children during the school year. Ages 4 and 7. My daughter helps me with cooking when needed. she teaches high school and just got divorced a year ago (a surprise to me).
Long story short! lol
My husband and I started preparing our home for my mother's comfort. New toilet, shower bars, chairs that she could get in and out of in every room (Even outside), cut the legs down on the bed so it would be easier for her to get in and out of. My sister was my guide and still helps support me mentally. I found a good doctor for mom, began managing her medications and meals.
This visit was suppose to be temporary. Now, it's permeant. She gave her home to my niece and my mom has adjusted after two years. The problem is, my name is on everything except her, Medical Directive. She only has my sister and brother on it. This was because I live in Texas. I discussed adding my name since she's here with me now. She agrees. We never had a problem with having my name on her documents. She just has a problem with PAYING for it. My biggest problem is that she complains about having to spend money with ANYTHING she needs. She has money to take care of all her needs.
My question is, Should I just leave it alone? Thinking if anything happens to her where we have to refer to this document? I can just call my sister or brother? We all are on the same page. It just would be a problem the situation needed immediate attention. What should I say to her to get her to move forward on this issue. I don't want to make it a big deal if I don't have too. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.