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“I Promised My Parents I'd Never Put Them in a Nursing Home”

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Caregiving is a job that is full of ups and downs. Many of us take on this role out of love and concern. But as care needs increase, the pressure ramps up and we are faced with difficult care decisions. Many of us promised in good faith, back when our loved ones were younger and healthier, that we would never put them in a nursing home. That would be like abandoning them. If need be, it’s our pledge to care for them ourselves until the end. This is admirable thinking. However, as years go by and care needs mount, we find ourselves faced with the fact that we can’t raise our families, work our jobs and provide full-time hands-on care year-round. 

Continue reading on Agingcare for more insight about how we cope when we have to break this promise:

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