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Welcome to CareNotes. In this special section we will feature a reader's letter and provide an opportunity for an interactive exchange that will help find some answers and possible solutions to concerns. If you wish to respond to this letter, simple follow the link provided at the end of the letter and add your comments and thoughts to our CareNotes Board.

This Week's Carenote - 06/05/12

My father is 96 and has been in hospice at his assisted living facility for three months. I have found that even with both services, no one is really overseeing his care but me. The concept of assisted living does not provide for this kind of care. The ratio of residents to staff is too high and those residents who are more verbal and demanding get the most attention. My father is neither. Only occasionally do I find a conscientious staff member who checks in on Dad and tends to his needs, and that changes with each shift.

Hospice is wonderful, but this agency is limited by its scope and staff as well. Now that Dad is doing so poorly, it's been necessary for me to be there constantly or to hire additional help to watch over him. I would caution others to ask around about the level of care in the assisted living facility he or she is considering. It's something I wish I had considered more carefully when I made the initial living arrangements for my father.
 
Mimi

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