On the day prior to my planned visit to the Carolinas to meet up with my parents and other family members for their church sponsored "Friends and Family Day" I received a call from an aunt to serves as a caretaker for my grandmother. Each time I see the caller ID I have to admit that I prepare myself for some bad news. At 101 my grandmother is of diminished capacity. That once talkative individual who I could make laugh by saying something silly is now a presence in the room that one would hardly notice as she sits in her chair - silent.
Fortunately the call was not for the purposes of such bad news. Instead it was a summon for additional cash proceeds to be added to my grandmother's bank account. I told my aunt that I will bring the money with me and we can talk about it then.
Later on in the week, after my arrival I pulled a few of the bills that are always stored in a hanging rack on the kitchen wall.
- Phone bill - $200 over due - threatened cut off
- Electricity bill $400 over due - threatened cut off
- One is presently unemployed - her Unemployment funds having exceeded the 99 weeks
- The other has a job but has a 20 something dependent child - who she needs to cut off - that is draining her surplus
- The other is retired at present but sends a good portion of his pension check to care for his mother
- My mother is retired but works a part-time job just to remain active
This present set of problems speaks to a greater fiscal management issue. I do not have access to the information on income, expenses and where the money is going.
- The general upkeep of the house
- Lawn care
- Food and household supplies
- Direct Personal Care for grandmother