Caregivers Need to Support One Another’s Difficult Decisions
…Caregiving decisions are nearly always a matter of trade-offs. Balancing the benefits and risks of each scenario and then finally deciding — often through our tears — that this (whatever “this” might be) is what must be done.
And, there’s the rub:
“If you love someone, you won’t put them in a care facility”
People who post this type of advice mean well. Perhaps, they live in a locale where nursing homes are truly neglectful, whether due to lack of funding, lack of staffing, or both. Or they may have seen or heard about poor facility care in the past when a friend or family member resided in one — all legitimate concerns.
Then, of course, there are people who have unrealistic expectations of the kind of care that even a great facility can provide since the staff must care for many people at once. Only by hiring your own private nurse will you be able to obtain one-on-one care — something few of us can afford.
My caregiving story
For me, family care concerns began with my childless uncle and aunt…
Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories. “For anyone having to walk the last segments of life with a loved one, read this.” …Delores
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