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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.

This Week's Carenote - 4/29/14


My mom is in a nursing home. How do I handle her "wants" and how do I know I am making the right decisions? Her latest request was that she asked for a computer laptop.


Caregivers Reply

Shared by: Linda Butti, RN CarePartner

Right decisions are made after examining the issue/request and evaluating the purpose or best options. Keeping in mind that Mom is an adult and trying not to sound like you are treating her like a child, ask why she is interested in a laptop. Has she used computer before? Is this something new that the Nursing Home is introducing for people to be connected to the world outside the home? Does she have an interest in learning new things that can be accessed on computer. Is this something in Mom's budget or yours? Does the facility have a computer for all to use? Talking it over together and coming up to an agreeable solution together will provide you with that peace of mind that you are making the right decision.

Shared by: Gloria

Check with the facility she is in. Do they allow personal laptops? Some do and some don't. Is she computer savvy, not needing frequent help with operating the system. If this all checks out, why shouldn't she have one. It will not only keep her busy but also connected to her loved ones and friends and help her feel more "at home".

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