retired house wife?

  1. Sorry for this daft question, I am tryign to make some last minute alterations to one of my essays, and I have used the term 'retired housewife'.
    Is this a real term?? The pt was retired, and had never been employed, but somehow retired housewife doesn't sound right

    Does anyone have another term I could use instead?


    Sorry for the question, but I am stressing over these essays, and there is not enough chocolate in the world!
  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   Spidey's mom
    You mean you can retire from being a housewife?

    Actually I think the term now is homemaker . . . . maybe you can say she WAS a homemaker . . . retired homemaker doesn't sound right.

    hmmmm. . still thinking but just got off 12 hour shift and my brain is a little boggy . .
  4. by   jnette
    If never employed, how can he/she be retired?

    A "former" homemeaker, perhaps? Or a patient who had been a homemaker for most of her adult life ? Give me the context.. a few sentences before.. and what you're attempting to convey...
  5. by   Disablednurse
    Do you ever stop being a homemaker? How do you stop, you still have to do dishes, wash clothes, make beds, clean house?
  6. by   Shamrock
    Sounds like an oxymoran to me!!
  7. by   Rustyhammer
    Once you have kids the housework becomes much less.
    Our kids do laundry, cook meals and clean house. They don't do it all but they do their share and it makes it a lot easier.
    It's nice knowing the kitchen is clean every night and the bathrooms and living room will be clean by 10AM on Saturday.
    Now me and my "housewife" can spend more time with each other and less time with the mop and broom.

    ps: In case you are wondering I also know how to sweep, mop and can put some mean creases in those jeans.
  8. by   jnette
    Way to go, Rusty ! You've got it RIGHT !!! Kudos for you guys !
  9. by   night owl
    In case you are wondering I also know how to sweep, mop and can put some mean creases in those jeans.
    -R [/B]
    You iron jeans? The only ones I ever ironed were those Gloria Vanderbuilt ones 25 years ago and even then I got tired of doing that so I sent them to the cleaners. I got to hand it to ya Rusty, you're certainly one in a million! :kiss
  10. by   Whisper
    Originally posted by jnette
    If never employed, how can he/she be retired?

    This is what was confusing me! here is the phrase in slightly more context:
    The patient will be referred to as 'Molly' to protect her identity. Permission to discuss Molly's experience of the nursing process was obtained, as well as that of the staff nurse writing the care plan.

    Molly, a 78 year old retired housewife, was transferred to the ward during a busy late shift from the acute ward, to this rehabilitation ward. Molly was diagnosed with a cerebral vascular accident (CVA), a left sided stroke that had resulted in right sided hemiplegia,

    On care plans we tend to put retired instead of pensioner, but when women have never worked and stayed at home they do put retired housewife, because when they reach retirement any children have ususaly left home. But whne I came to write this essay it sounds wrong, I was thinking about just putting her age, but that doesn't seem write either!

    Thanks for all the imput, and BTW Rusty I have done a care plan for a househusband before, I don't think he ironed jeans though
  11. by   jnette
    I would leave out "retired",as she was never employed...pensioner wouldn't fit either.

    How about "Molly, a 78 year old homemaker, was transferred to
    this ward ....................."

    Whatcha think?
    And noone is a wife to a house, so homemaker is really far more appropriate.
  12. by   Whisper
    Thanks jnette, but homemaker isn't really a term used in the UK, I think I might just drop the retired bit, I thought of incluiding the fact she is a mother in instead.

    Why do I always think of these things on the weekend when I can not get in touh with my uni??
  13. by   P_RN
    How about a 78 year old lady, a homemaker for most of her life.
  14. by   Whisper
    I am going to have to come back to this point later!, I have just changed my loction, to 1500 words to go, So I am going back to writing my other essay for a while.

    Thanks for your help, I am going to ponder it for a bit longer