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Older Adult's Transition to Assisted Living Changes Caregiver's Role

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Dear Carol: My dad lived with me for six months and during the time I was at work, he fell and got hurt twice. He comprehends things just fine, but his memory is bad, probably from years of drinking, though he has since stopped. Dad’s always been a bitter complainer, so something was always wrong with the time I spent, the food I cooked, or anything else I did. I tried in-home care, but he wouldn’t let them in the door, so we decided together that assisted living was worth a try.  Now, though, he complains about everything there, too. My friends say I need to learn to let go, and they are probably right, but it’s hard. I feel at loose ends and unsure of my footing. – WU

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