"My new boss is 30" she told me. "I'm not sure if she will understand that I have to take off a half day to take mom to the doctor. By the time I pick her up, drive her over, wait, see the doctor, stop and pick up a prescription and bring her back home the afternoon is over.Then mom wants me to visit. I feel bad because I am always rushing around."
Then the Guilt Sets In
When you care for elderly parents and work and have a family of your own there is a lot of guilt! I feel guilty because I am not pulling my weight at work. Nobody has said anything yet but I know what they are thinking. I feel guilty because I am not spending quality time with mom. I am always telling her to hurry up and find myself getting irritated because she doesn't move faster. Doesn't she know I have others things to do?
And Then There's My Own Family
My husband is a dear but I know he is tired of not having any time together and I have had to rely on neighbors and friends to drive my daughter to activities because I don't dare take off any more time at work.
Is there a solution?
"Actually", I told her there is. A Home Care Company usually offers transportation services. You could pay for someone to drive your mom to the doctor, grocery store, shopping in the mall or wherever else she may need to go. You can hire them on an as need basis or for a standing weekly trip to the grocery store. They will even help Mom unload the groceries and cook lunch if you would like. That extra half day each week= PRICELESS
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