The thought that seems to resurface most is the experiences I had yesterday at the
"Team Meeting" for my mother at her nursing home. (This part of my life seems to be taking the dominant place.) Reasons behind these "Team Meetings" is a place we can voice our concerns about the care our mother gets (and learn about her health). The people who have the most contact with her are not there. So all of this really makes no sense to me. We express our needs, the head nurse, the program director, the assistant director make notes and then we are encouraged to bring attention to the problems as they arise to whomever is in charge on the floor at the time. The problem here is that we would be spending our time focusing on problems and creating resentments towards us with the very people who care for our mother. The ADirector didn't seem to understand our/my issue with this. Why are we to do their job monitoring their help. I just would rather not have to work on bringing up issue each time I go see my mother. I prefer to spend time with her and hell I'll do the work. Brushing her teeth, flossing her teeth, washing her faces, cleaning up her nails, doing her hair, changing her if needed, the list goes on. I once cleaned out her ears and the wax build up was huge. There is no way the Techs are going to put any time in caring to this degree. When I go the tuck her in at night, her barrettes are still in her hair, earrings in her ears and of course her teeth are dirty. When we are not there who does those little things, but necessary things. Why not have a liaison for the residence, a monitor for the Techs. So I guess all the Techs are responsible for letting things slip. How can they do all of it. We are learning as we go to the degree to which we need to care for her. What they do at the nursing home is keep an eye on her, sort of. Why if I spent the time with these issues instead of doing them myself which is far easier to do then go hunting down and bring attention each time to the situation I'd never see my mother. Somehow I must work this out in a good way for myself in my heart and head so I am happy and comfortable. I don't want to create an atmosphere of discomfort for all the nurses and Techs anyway. This is my home to visit my mother. I don't want to have to be greeted by sour faces.
Of course Momma is oblivious or rather has no issue to these problems. She just is so congenial and grateful. And I don't want to bring her attention to problems-so I just do what needs to be done with my mom rather than spend time with issues and not worry when I am not there to do the little things.
We are blessed.