Hi All, its been a couple of weeks since I’ve posted here. The reason is, well life happens. Unexpected events take over and some things suffer such as this blog.
A week with my mom
About a month ago I shared that I’m a caregiver to my mom and that she was going to be staying with me for a week while my sister was on vacation. Well, that week was a bit of a challenge. My mom doesn’t take well to changes in her life and she was not very happy with the change of staying in my house. She was irritable and it was hard on both of us. So, after a week she went back to my sister’s house and everything was supposed to go back to normal.
I should mention that both my sister and my mom’s home health aide where on vacation at the same time and that is the reason I brought her to my house. Anyway, we got word that her long time home health aide got sick and would not be back until a week later. Then, we heard from the aide that she was considering not returning to work with my mom after 5 years of being her caregiver during the day. This was kinda of nerve-racking because, as I mentioned, my mom does not do well with changes. This meant another change, retraining a new health aide and so on.
Finding New Help and Other Issues
Needless to say it became a stressful time. Well, the aide indeed quit on us and it was a bit of a shocker really. I just felt that it was so sudden and with no notice. After 5 years of working with my mom and with us she just went on vacation and decided not to come back. It just wasn’t the way I thought she would leave. Anyway, we had to scramble to find a new home health aide. Luckily the agency was able to find someone quickly and my mom is starting to slowly get used to the change.
Another thing that happened in regards to my mom is she can no longer handle going up several stairs. She can handle one step but more than that is a real challenge for her. I’ve been looking into options to install a ramp or a stairlift. The financing for this will have to be split between my siblings and whatever savings my mom has. I will be writing a post about how to deal with the costs of caregiving for aging parents and asking for financial help from family members. I know some have expressed an interest in the subject. I’ll say communication is very important as in all human relationships.
On a different note, there’s also stuff going on in the work arena for us. I won’t get into too much here but basically both my husband and I are looking for new positions.
One of the great things about self employment that I enjoy reading about from business owners is the freedom to control your business. There is little to no “office politics” or “corporate restructuring” to deal with. Though there are many benefits to having an employer those are two things I don’t enjoy.
I will say that I’m glad we’ve been living a deflated lifestyle and we have our emergency savings. You never know what twist and turns life will bring and you need to be prepared.
Well, I hope you all have a great weekend.
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How Could Learning a New Language Help Your Career?: This post is from Money Bulldog. I thought it was interesting as you never know what will land you a job. I’m fluent in Spanish and though I have not used the skill in my career yet, I do have it listed on my resume. I do use the skill personally and especially when dealing with doctors and translating information to my mom.