Chapter 8

Making the Right Decision

Facing the challenge of handling your loved one’s future can bring up emotions like guilt, fear, or anger—even in the strongest of personalities. The individual who has taken the initiative in addressing care issues and encouraging the decision to make changes is usually the one closest emotionally to her senior. She has been the person who has been checking in regularly, on-call for emergencies, or providing care herself, and it can feel as if she is giving up and letting her elder down when it’s suggested that it’s time for another form of assistance.

Asking loved ones to welcome change or move to a new environment can be uncomfortable or even distressing. It’s likely they have developed schedules, routines, ...

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