When a Loved One Enters a Nursing Home
Understanding Your Role as Advocate
Despite the difficulty of caring for her wheelchair-bound husband suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s disease, Joanne Simonson never planned on having her husband enter a nursing home.
“Frank can’t say what he wants anymore, but I understand him,” Simonson, of Reedsburg, Wisconsin, explains. “Strangers wouldn’t know what he was trying to say.” However, when Simonson’s back started giving her serious problems, her doctor warned her, “If you continue taking care of Frank, he won’t be the only one in a wheelchair.”
When Barbara Meltzer realized her mother couldn’t live alone anymore, she never considered having her move in with her in Los Angeles. Meltzer says, “I work all day. If she lived with me, she’d be alone. She’s better off in a facility where she’s surrounded by other people and has activities available to her all day.”(MORE)
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