By Deborah M. Merrill
In keeping with open-ended interviews with grownup childrens and children-in-law, this booklet files how "plain people" from the operating and heart sessions have the ability to offer deal with their frail, aged mom and dad whereas at the same time assembly the responsibilities in their jobs and their very own instant households.
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In the evenings, Susan would leave work early to make her parents' dinner and to finish their laundry. She also did their shopping and prepared her father's medications. On Saturday, she cleaned their home and took them for a drive. The only time that Susan had to herself was Sunday afternoon when her brother would care for her parents. In Susan's case, caregiving was more exasperating because she was managing two homes. She commented, however, that her privacy and ability to have her own home were invaluable.
In the morning, she was usually thoroughly soaked because she was incontinent. So, the bedding had to be stripped and washed every day. This was relatively easy for Abby since her washer/dryer were on the same floor. For two of her sisters, who were in their early 70s, it was more difficult since their washer/dryer were on a lower floor and they were somewhat frail themselves. Grace also had to be cleaned every morning, but none of the sisters was able to get her into a bathtub anymore. So, Grace had a real bath only once a week at the adult day health center.
In contrast, Albert, Moss, and Lawton (1993) found that caregiving began at the onset of severe impairment. For those Becoming the Caregiver for a Frail Parent 35 family members who become caregivers as the result of a sudden need on the part of the parent, they may be making a conscious decision to be caregivers when that need arises. Finally, this chapter addresses whether the process differs for daughters, sons, daughters-in-law, and sons-in-law. Given the literature on the gender differences in the amount and type of care that sons versus daughters provide, they will quite likely also differ in the process by which they become caregivers.
Caring for Elderly Parents: Juggling Work, Family, and Caregiving in Middle and Working Class Families by Deborah M. Merrill