Do you or your spouse (if you are married) pay the family bills? Do each of you know how to access all financial accounts? Do you have access to all passwords? If the answer is no to any of these questions, let me give you a word of advice! Knowledge is power, non-stressful and accomodating!
My stepfather Chuck used online banking and my Mom had no clue how to proceed. I’ve managed to lock Chuck out of his bank account using an incorrect password but Mom was listed as a co-account owner. We were able to get their banking accomplished setting up new accounts and passwords for her. Whew—we didn’t need that stress but have jumped that hurdle successfully—we think! So, my advice to you readers is—learn how to do everything—and soon! Each of you needs to have both financial and medical power of attorney in place—you never know when disaster will strike.
This coming Thursday will mark one month since Chuck had his cardiac arrest. This past Wednesday we moved him to the large medical center in Little Rock where I went to nursing school. Chuck is still a very ill man and we have a long way to go without a doubt.
I’ve been here in Arkansas over three weeks and I sincerely need to go home—I have no pressing chores or appointments but I need my home, my husband and Emmi. I fly back to Montana on Tuesday. I’ve done what I can to make Mom’s frequent journeys to the hospital easier, my sister and niece who both work full time will do what they can to help Mom as time passes. We can only hope at this point.