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have someone come help YOU!!..if she wants to some little chores..she will..I am sure if she is able to.she will of course.
Please. Elderly ppl are frail.
If she is ill and does not feel as though she can do anything, then you have to just let it go and take care of chores yourself. She may actually be afraid to get up and do anything, because this is YOUR HOUSE and she doesn't want to overstep her boundaries and upset you or your wife. She may be afraid that if she does something wrong you may ask her to leave so she is sitting quietly trying to stay out of the way.
You basically need to invite her into your home and tell her it is her home as well. Asking for help is a good ice breaker and both you and your wife and then MIL need to figure out how much she is capable of doing and does she actually WANT to do it. Letting her just sit and do nothing will lead to dementia (happened to my Mom) and depression. Lighten things up with some fun outings if possible, she needs to see that life is still going on out there.
done it All her life..she will..let her rest..and relax...she took care of You.
she knows how to do things..she will if she can I am sure..even so; let her be
snapping green beens and folding laundry. i aint doin either thank you. ill be in the garage playing with the oxy / acetelyne torches if you need me, and you will. now predial 9-1 and stand by.. suckers !!
( im going to be such a b***c..)
She is in a wheel chair, so there isn't much else she can do. She can Iron small things, but I do stay close due to the burn factor.
She makes her own bed, most days...it helps her to feel a little independent and useful.
She actually loves it if I am sick. She cant cook for me or anything, but she gets to tell me to drink fluids, and rest and to take my meds. I'm thinking I should start faking that a little more often...just for the rest!
Age is a number only. Depends on her health.