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Deciding On Senior Care for Parents

Sep 7, 2008
There are ups and downs in life that just have to be dealt with. While we all go through tough personal times, the one issue that most will face, but is not discussed, is the decision to put a parent in a home.

The statistics show something very clear. We are all living longer. Modern healthcare has advanced to the point where we can all live for years and years. Unfortunately, this has resulted in long term care issues that many families are in turmoil over.

Whatever your feeling towards your mom and dad, there is no doubt they fed and clothed you when you were a child. Now you are in somewhat of a similar position. You are making the serious decision regarding their life.

As our parents age, they are going to need more and more care. The question is who will do it? Are you and your siblings going to handle the day to day routine? Are you going to have your parents move in? What about your own life?

As you can probably tell already, the answers to these questions are difficult. Guilt, anger, financial stress and marital stress are all things that can come up. You owe your parents, but to what extent? There is no correct answer.

At first glance, many people consider bringing their parents home to care for them. This is noble and makes sense emotionally since they, of course, cared for you. This is a huge burden, however, which can lead to emotional and financial stress.

In general, parents living with kids does not work out well. Still, you can try it out without risking much. The only time this should not occur is if your parent has dementia. In such a situation, professional help should be mandatory.

Dementia is extremely tough to experience. Having a parent forget your name is absolutely a crusher emotionally. Watching a vibrant, healthy person fade away is so difficult it is hard to experience.

Dementia turns your parents into children with similar needs. The wear and tear of watching them fade away is simple too much to take for any normal person. Get professional help. Put them in a home with dementia care.

Your parents know they can be a burden, so placing them in a home is not as difficult a decision as you might imagine. In many cases, they prefer getting professional care and being surrounded by their peers.

Putting a parent in a home can create huge feelings of guilt. Do not let this happen. You have a life of your own. Your parents will be fine and being surrounded by other seniors will lead to new friends.
About the Author
Alex Jensen is with OrangeCountyCareplacement.com - a free placement service for orange county board and care facilities for seniors.
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