As my parents aged, we talked about their moving into some sort of retirement community. They at one point put a down payment on a property in a Sun City development near where I lived, but eventually decided to buy a condo right down the street from me instead. That was the first time I started thinking about the housing choices that my parents were facing. And those options have burgeoned, especially since my prior experience with the elderly, which was back in the late 1970s when my grandmother was placed in a nursing home.
November 3rd, 2011 at 10:55 am
It took me more than a few months to get used to the emptiness I felt at home after having cared for Mom full-time, for more than 3 years. Initially, my nursing home visits felt as if time stood still. Our conversations were not the same due to her dementia. I felt as if I had lost my life-long best friend. In some ways, it still feels that way, although I have long since adapted to the rhythm and flow of nursing home visits.
August 16th, 2011 at 9:00 am
Just as it takes elder time to get used to living in a nursing home, it also takes more than a little time for a former caregiver to get used to the nursing home. That’s what is happening today, now that we’ve moved mom into a nursing home.
May 4th, 2010 at 1:00 am