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Old 02-23-2012, 01:54 AM   #71
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Thanks, Addie and Fiona - for the advice and the humour!

I can actually go side-ways instead of up! There is a case manager who will be doing the actual assessment and we really like her. My sister called since I wrote that bit and said that she will call this case manager tomorrow and say that we can't afford $240 per day for someone to do the job the care coordinator's staff should be doing so could she give us an idea of when Dad can be assessed and put on the list, and how long a wait. Then I am going to cut back the care worker to just one or two four hour periods when Dad needs her the most and let the unit staff do the rest.

This has actually been really good for my relationship with my sister. We are working together and are closer than we have every been. That in itself would make my Dad happy!
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Thanks, Addie and Fiona - for the advice and the humour!

I can actually go side-ways instead of up! There is a case manager who will be doing the actual assessment and we really like her. My sister called since I wrote that bit and said that she will call this case manager tomorrow and say that we can't afford $240 per day for someone to do the job the care coordinator's staff should be doing so could she give us an idea of when Dad can be assessed and put on the list, and how long a wait. Then I am going to cut back the care worker to just one or two four hour periods when Dad needs her the most and let the unit staff do the rest.

This has actually been really good for my relationship with my sister. We are working together and are closer than we have every been. That in itself would make my Dad happy!
Glad to hear the good news. Money always talks. And I am happy about you and your sister. As you get older, you slowly realize what is and what's not important in life. Family is always at the top of the list of "what is."
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:00 AM   #73
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Thanks, Addie and Fiona - for the advice and the humour!

I can actually go side-ways instead of up! There is a case manager who will be doing the actual assessment and we really like her. My sister called since I wrote that bit and said that she will call this case manager tomorrow and say that we can't afford $240 per day for someone to do the job the care coordinator's staff should be doing so could she give us an idea of when Dad can be assessed and put on the list, and how long a wait. Then I am going to cut back the care worker to just one or two four hour periods when Dad needs her the most and let the unit staff do the rest.

This has actually been really good for my relationship with my sister. We are working together and are closer than we have every been. That in itself would make my Dad happy!
Perfect, Laurie!
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Laurie--I am sending you positive energy. Like so many here, I am also sharing your pain. It is so very hard to be in the position you are in. I'm so glad you came back to DC so that we could be here for you at this difficult time. Hugs and prayers.
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For what it is worth, thank your lucky stars that your father is OK with having to have full time care. If I had a dime for every older friend or relative who resented any help whatsoever, I'd be rich. They are so (and, to some degree, I can sympathize) resentful of every loss of autonomy that they make themselves sick and everyone around them miserable. In other words, believe it or not, things can be worse. I hope all goes well, my thoughts are with you,
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Laurie, it's a good thing this is falling into place for you and your dad. The pressure on you has been huge. We will keep you all in our thoughts.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:25 PM   #77
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that's great about you and your sister, lp. i'm sure would want nothing more than to see his family together.
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My prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
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Laurie, hoping that things are continuing to improve for you and your dad. It's always hard to see our parents declining. Your dad sounds like mine. When in pain, nothing is right and he can be really mean and say hurtful things. Praying that the meds and the placement are coming together for him and for you.
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My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!!
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