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When Is It Time to Look for a Care Facility?

By Janet Ferree, MA

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I still canít make this decision, but I have discussed the eventuality of residential care with my husband so when his memory allows, it wonít be a new concept.  We decided to start looking at places to get a visual in our minds so if the time arrives, we can have an idea where a good fit would be.  Until then, things will remain the same and I will think about this decision each time his call alarm goes off, or I have to dislodge food from his airway, or change the bed linens five minutes before leaving for work, or icing my elbow, missing a meeting...


Janet Ferree is a caregiver for her husband of 32 years.  She works part-time as a technician in a busy orthopedic clinic where she encounters many other caregivers.  She is a member of the hospital ethics committee.


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