The Woman, Meg (sisterfish) wrote,
The Woman, Meg

Elder Care

Let me just say, having to parent a parent sucks big emotional rocks.

It's hard to be making all these decisions for someone, knowing that he doesn't have any say in the matter. (Maybe it's just karmic payback for "Because I'm your father, that's why!" *grin*)

Just participated in a conference on care-planning for my Dad. He's ready to be released from the hospital, he's reacting well to the medication, but it's pretty clear that we're not going to witness a miracle and get a fully-functioning totally lucid Dad back. But he'll be better, which is good news.

I have high kudos for the social worker/placement person at Auburn Regional, though. She's done a lot of work to help find an appropriate place for him. His current facility has indicated that they're not comfortable in having him come back there. They just don't have the level of care/structure that is best for him.

If we're lucky, she has high praise for the more structured nursing home environment that the sister facility to where Dad is now has (wow, that's a bad sentence). He doesn't need skilled nursing care, but he does need the structure and organized activity that they have. And there's a positive in that some of the staff crosses over, my niece works there, and his friends from Valley West can come visit easily. And it's still very convenient for most of the family, located in Puyallup, and John and I have gotten used to driving down there on a regular basis.

So keep your fingers crossed. We're going to go down and visit tonight.

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