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We lost my mother a year ago and I am living with my dad. He was his old self, tho sad and quieter, until he took a fall and had to recover which he did amazingly well, but... he had become used to sitting in front of the tube and humbly giving me orders... Day by day he got more and more lethargic, no amount of sneaky pleading, no amount of outright begging, no amount of trickery got him off that chair. Until one day when I had to go see a client and was out of the house when the cat (beloved by all, most passionately by Pappa Joe) got herself stuck in the crawlspace between the eves on the porch. He rescued her, called me, then the vet, and took care of her until I got there, and we took her to get stitches in her paw. Now he is in charge of the cats care. The change in him was instant and impressive.
Give your MIL an easy important job and she will be happier, you will be happier and something little will get done and not my you! Grinning and sending you love and strength, Li
so to accept that as it will be easier for you.if she maintains her own laundry or bed..that is helpful to herself. ...If she is in the room while you are doing dishes or laundry see if she could help fold .. Usually in a setting..she may not want to..right away ..but maybe her taking care of her own clothes and bed is at least something.
So that is where I would start and put the chores off for a while-she'll find where you've been missing the dust in due time-she probably already has but is being too polite to say. One of the easiest ways to make her feel welcome is to simply ask her how you can be more like her..
So I believe that if you mom or dad is used to doing things around the house, let them help. As long as it is not something that will endanger their life.
have you been able to remedy and have help ?as at her age..she is limited to things..