Mr. and Mrs. Sanchez, aged 77 and 68 respectively, have been raising their two grandchildren for the past five years. Maria (age 10) and Tony (13) were orphaned five years ago when their parents (the Sanchez’s daughter and her husband) were killed in an automobile accident. The children’s father was driving home with his wife home from a party where he had been drinking heavily. Neither of the Sanchez’s two other children were in a position to take on parenting responsibilities. Mr. Sanchez is retired from a position with the post office. Mrs. Sanchez supplemented their income by cleaning apartments.
Approximately two months ago, Mr. Sanchez suffered a stroke, which left him with considerable impairment. He has been admitted to a rehab facility, where he is progressing well, and the expectation is that he will be returning home. He currently has some speech impairment and is partially paralyzed on one side. It is not clear how fully he will recover, but the expectation is that there will be some residual impairment. It is also unclear how he will be able to manage as the home has two stories, and the only bathroom is on the second floor.
Prior to Mr. Sanchez’s stroke, Tony was beginning to get into trouble at school. This took the form of “sassing” his teachers and failing to do his homework assignments. Last week, Tony assaulted another student and was therefore temporarily suspended from school. Maria, always a quiet child, has presented no problems at school, although her teachers have noticed that she now spends more time by herself.
Mrs. Sanchez initially was able to handle things with the same determination and task-oriented focus that she used to deal with the loss of her daughter and transition to the “parent” role for her grandchildren. However, Tony’s suspension from school has taxed her beyond her ability to cope. Mrs. Sanchez has become weepy, unable to focus, and unable to make decisions. She has had difficulty explaining to Tony and Maria what is happening to their grandfather. She has not told Mr. Sanchez about Tony’s suspension.
Mrs. Sanchez is called to attend a meeting with the school principal and social worker. When the social worker asks Mrs. Sanchez if she could give them any insight into why Tony has become so aggressive, she bursts into tears.
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