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Nursing Homes: Are Your Expectations Realistic?

Making the decision to place an elder in a nursing home is one of the most grueling decisions many adult children have to make. Ideally, we'd always be able to take care of "our own" for the duration of their lives. However, life is often not ideal. My mother was in her own apartment for a number of years after my Dad had entered a nearby nursing home. There wasn't even an option for us to care for Dad at their apartment or at my house. He'd had brain surgery that, for all practical purposes, destroyed his brain, and the kind of care he needed was physically impossible for us to handle in a home.

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