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Do you have any relatives in aged care? If so, how often do you visit them?

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My grandmother is in aged care. I try to go see her at least once a week when my son is at daycare. I don't mind taking him as the folks there love him, but he gets restless because there's not much for him to do there. So, the time spent with my gran is then actually spent chasing my son up and down the halls. When I visit my gran, I usually see the lady she shares a room with and the lady next door, who sadly gets no visitors it seems because her family are interstate.
by Vee
Sadly, both my mother in law and father in law have recently had to go into care. She has dementia and he was looking after her and then he had a stroke. How sad that life can change in an instant. We did manage to get them into the same home, mercifully.
by Rice
I had my mother in care years ago.
I do live with the guilt that I should have gone to see her, more than once a week!

My advice......do go and see them, once they are gone....that's it!
It's tough to find the time, especially if the home isn't close by.
by Vee
No, none of my elderly relatives need to be in a care home, fortunately.
No, I have fortunately never had a relative in aged care.
I do not have many relatives.
by Finy
No, as my Mother died in Hospital, from recurring cancer, & my Father died from a heart attack, in his own home.

In a way, glad neither of them had to go through that awful time in an aged care(?) facility.
My late mother was for 5 years as she was in self care prior to that. I visited at least once acweek and took her washing home to do and returned it when done. My husband used to take her out shopping weekly or for lunch and also visited during the week as well. We would also bring her over to our place for meals and family get togethers as she loved being with family. The worse part of being in aged care is that you lose your independence and have to rely on the staff which is one thing she hated as she was always totally independent. I used to visit with the lady across the hall from mum who enjoyed a chat and kept an eye on mum as her mobility decreased and I was grateful for that as she raised the alarm a few times when mum had fallen down.
My husbands parents are in aged care. We visit every few weeks. Their minds are as sharp as tacks but their mobility is not so good. My aunt went into respite care this week. She broke her hip and cant look after herself that well. She certainly can't live alone anymore.
Not just yet. I hate the thought of it. I have visited elderly people in aged care and it makes me feel physically ill. I don't really know where the word CARE comes into it all. My opinion is that someone, probably with a medical background, is making a lot of money out of these Elderly Care Homes.
No, I've never had family in aged care. My dad wanted to die at home, from his cancer, & he did.
His sister died in her home, 9 months later, from cancer. her husband had died in '62, from a horse riding accident. My mum who is 95 &1/2 is living with 1 of my sisters, very happily, with her very bad dementia. My in-laws are still in their own own, aged 93 & 87. We have a family friend in Melbourne who's 96 & lives in a nursing home. He likes eating his meals in his room, & loves listening to his radio. We visit him when ever we're visiting our family in Melbourne. His only 2 relatives, live in Sydney, but do ring him weekly. He doesn't have dementia or anything else wrong with him, except old age, although he says said he'd like to die now.
by Miro
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