Chapter 5

Considering Options for Care Needs

As a caregiver, you will likely have to make decisions regarding who will provide care, which type of assistance is best, and what living arrangement would be most appropriate for your elder’s needs. You will also likely worry about how your choices will influence him or her physically, emotionally, and psychologically.

Many seniors say that their quality of life is affected when they must ask for help or, worse, move to a care community and give up their independence. They feel they’ve lost something vital when they can no longer provide and care for themselves. While it’s a natural desire to want to see your loved one remain as self-sufficient as possible, it can lead to the problem of not ensuring ...

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