Challenges of Taking Care of Elderly Loved One My mother broke her hip and had to stay at a nursing home temporarily to rehabilitate. I knew then if she had to stay for long term that would not be an option for my mother. Nursing homes are okay if family members are checking on love ones while they are there. Simply stated, I believe they do not have adequate staff to accommodate all the patients in the nursing home. Therefore the challenges of taking care of my mother were her refusal to help, effects to health caretaker, and family conflicts. My mother lived in her home for 50 years. Getting my mother to leave her home and all that was familiar to her was not an easy task. She did not feel like she had to leave because she
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In addition to the fact she could not live alone and the medical issues, she had a problem with managing her money. My mother would often miss paying her bills and get late charges. She misplaced her checks and money. She would also give it away to my siblings when they would ask her for money. I also had offered to set up her bills online and pay them monthly although, she refused. When she came to live with me finally, anything that came on the television especially the religious evangelist show that promised her that she would be healed and all she had to do is drink this healing water. Therefore, she would ask me to send the money to the evangelist. For this reason, I would tell her I did just to keep confrontation down. Now, I would not have to explain the reasons why I was not sending any money. My next challenge with my mother was that she did not accept that she had any medical problems and that she did not think she needed assistants in her daily living. Later she had a stroke, and started having seizures, which brought on the early dementia. Since she had dementia, it was hard convincing her that she could not live alone and care for herself.
According to Tepper and Cassidy (2004) “It is hardly surprising that caregivers often develop burnout as well as physical and psychological problems that may compromise or even preclude their caregiving efforts” (Tepper & Cassidy 2004, p.