When Elders Can't Any More
Long-Term Nursing Home Care
Adult Children and Their Parents Must Make Tough Decisions
Gretchen Heuring | ElderThink | 01.26.10
When older family members can no longer take care of themselves or each other, and younger family members can't care for them either, it's time to consider long-term nursing home care.
There are many different types of facilities available and these are important decisions. In her article for the New York Times, Jane Gross writes about choosing long term care. She says,
"For many of us, elderly parents and adult children alike, nothing is more complicated or consequential than understanding the differences between the many available permutations of long-term care, choosing which is most appropriate for our families and figuring out how to pay for it." >>More
Good Advice About Nursing Homes
Three experts at Oregon State University have developed a downloadable booklet for the families of those who must move to nursing homes. This beautifully written piece is a must-have for anyone who is undergoing this difficult process. Written by Vicki Schmall, Gerontologist; Sally Bowman, Family Development Specialist; and Clara Pratt, Professor and Chair, Human Development and Family Sciences Department at Oregon State. >>Download PDF
Letting Go - Entering A Nursing Home
Mark Ringel, MD
Dr. Marc Ringel lives in Greeley, Colorado, and is a practicing family doctor in Brush. He is also a writer, speaker, and consultant in medical education and medical information.
Many years ago, before I knew better, I promised my parents they would never have to live in a nursing home. They are still healthy of body and mind, and could well avoid long term care all together.
There Are Other Choices
A nursing home is not the only choice. There are assisted living facilities, adult day-care programs, home-based services, senior housing and continuing care retirement communities.
The AAHSA, The American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging has a very helpful on-line article on how to find the right aging services.>>More