I support adult children who are just beginning to care for an aging parent and are struggling with guilt, frustration and feeling like they want their life back. Through my 1-on-1 coaching I walk my clients through my proven 5 step path – You Again: How to Have a Life for Yourself AND a Happy, Aging Parent so that they can truly have a life of their own with no guilt or frustration AND a happy, aging parent.
I came across this App some time ago and I know it may be helpful to some of you.
I feel so fortunate that I am caring for my mom now, with all of the tech around to support me AND her.
Made for people who live alone, this app checks on you at a time of day you select. You press a green check mark on the app and receive a quote of the day. If you fail to check in, your emergency contacts are notified. Android, iOS
It’s amazing how many conversations mom and I have about her bowel movements. Anyone else talk about this topic more than you ever thought you would?
I had the misfortune recently of ‘dropping in’ and talking with mom over Alexa and not realizing that my husband was on a work call in the basement. His coworkers heard the entire conversation. Because it was on speaker. Which went something like:
Mom: I’m on the pot. I’ve got diarrhea.
Me: I’ll call back later.
Mom: (Not hearing me) I’m on the pot! I’ve got the runs! (Loudly)
So Steve explained to his chuckling colleagues that his mother-in-law has dementia (and a wacky colon) and some days are more of a treat than others. What can ya do?
She’s super concerned when she doesn’t ‘go’. She’s concerned when she goes too much. To the point that I call her stop-n-go.
I’m wondering if I will be as fixated on my bathroom habits when I reach her age – 85.