My Mom is 94 and has stage 6 Alzheimer's. She's been in a memory care facility for 2 years.
I'm happy with the care but they have raised the rent 3 times. This last time the raise went over the amount she gets from Social Security. I asked her "well to do" family to financially assist but no such luck. (That's how the rich STAY rich.)
I quit my good 3 day a week job to take a full time (supposedly well paying) job. BIG mistake! It was all a lie. Luckily I can go back to the good job for 2 days a week for a "respite" and for some extra cash. Hubs will be on duty those days.
He's been bugging me to bring her home for a long time but I've been resisting. (Mexican culture keeps old folks at home.) Now there is no choice. If I continue working full time I will end up with the same amount of money (after paying a c/g) than I would if I use Mom's Social Security. A no brainier, right? I'm 60 and have arthritis in my neck and back. Why would I want to work my tushie off 5 days a week when I can stay home? But I know the emotional part will be more than challenging.
Do those of you who care for loved ones at home have any suggestions for us? (Hubby works from home and is more than willing to do any caregiving.)
We are getting her room ready now, packing up all the throw rugs, cleared pathways, we have night lights and a "baby monitor".
What else? I feel overwhelmed! Any and all advice gladly accepted.
Thanks in advance.