A Nursing Home May Be Necessary Even if You Need to Break a Promise
Posted Oct 20 2011 12:00am
Nursing homes are often a necessary step in caring for our elders. For safety and health management, people who live to be very among the very old and frail frequently live in a state that needs professional nursing care. The guilt many adult children feel over placing a parent in a nursing home often reaches back to old promises and old ideas. Yet, sometimes there is no choice. Letting go of guilt is hard, but caregivers need to remember that they will still be part of the care team.
"Promise me you won't ever put me in a nursing home!" Many of us grew up hearing that plea from our grandparents or parents. The instinctive answer, of course, is, "I'd never dream of it. I'll always take care of you."