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When Is It Time to Look for a... /
By Janet Ferree, MA
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.