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I think most of us approach the idea of sharing the care of an elder with a lot of trepidation. We have cared for them with one-on-one loving attention. We know their history, their preferences, their tempers and their needs. Bringing others, no matter how experienced, into the equation is counterintuitive.

However, for many of us, the time comes when we have no choice. Over the course of two decades I cared for seven elders. All but two spent some time in a care facility. During the 15 years I visited daily, I saw three changes of ownership. Each was good, though the last (and present ownership) has been the best, from the viewpoint of a family member.

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Very well said.

I've always found that the squeaky wheel gets the grease even in elder care, meaning: families that take an active role in monitoring the care their loved ones get, get better care for their loved ones.

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