One of the hardest things a caregiver will ever have to do is to know when it’s time for their loved one to go into a long-term care facility. Often, caregivers will go long past the point of when they should have incorporated help from the outside. Sometimes, it’s their own fear of failing as a caregiver and the fear of letting someone down that stands between themselves, their loved ones, and an improved quality of life for both. Identifying some of the following may help make the decision process a little easier, and define certain things a little more clearly for you.
A long-term care facility may be needed if:
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Gail Gilman-Waldner is a Family Life Consultant, M.Ed., C.F.C.S. and Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota