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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
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".