Woman Caring for Mother Will Explain Problems to President With AM-Clinton-Health, Bjt
MIAMI (AP) _ Jeanne Linley spends most of her days taking care of her 94-year-old mother, and that’s the problem.
She wants her mother at home, but fitful dementia complicates her care, and home health care is too expensive.
″The hardest thing is when she doesn’t know me and she’s uncooperative. It’s difficult to bathe her,″ Mrs. Linley said Saturday. ″I just wait for a better time to do it.″
President Clinton and the first lady arranged a meeting with Mrs. Linley and several other people in Deerfield Beach on Monday to promote his health care package.
But even the president’s visit illustrates the problem: Who will take care of Anna Mae Lorf?
″Nobody helps me out really very much. My children have come here a few times but not that much. They’re busy. They’ve got their own lives to lead,″ the 65-year-old Mrs. Linley said.
The White House called in response to a three-paragraph letter she wrote to urge Clinton to include more money for home health care in his package. Mrs. Linley knows what happens when middle-class families don’t qualify under existing programs.
She spent days on the phone when she started looking for help, but she soon gave up. ″They charge anywhere from 10 to 15 dollars an hour,″ she said. ″I can’t afford that, so I just do what I can.″
She and her husband, retired carpenter Fred Linley, 71, have taken one two- week vacation in Michigan since her mother moved in 10 years ago.
″Now she doesn’t get out of her bedroom much. She just sits up in bed to eat her meals,″ Mrs. Linley said.
She doesn’t consider herself an expert on the issue of home health care but is glad her letter got the president’s attention.
Since word spread of the meeting with Clinton, ″I’ve gotten quite a few calls from women, two who have done the same thing that I’m doing with their parents, and they thought it was wonderful.″