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The Soapbox

Itís been a while since Iíve stood on this particular soapbox, so forgive me if I am not as subtle as I could be when I say that the notion that you are no longer a caregiver when your loved one is living in a care facility is pure Poppycock! (Please forgive me for the profanity).

At a recent event, I heard from a caregiver who had been slapped in the face with this thoughtless opinion from some of her relatives. So, let me reiterate, over 90% of all caregiving happens at home, but once appropriate facility placement is made, you are not only still your loved ones caregiver, but you may have added to their lives as well as saving your own. The other thing you have accomplished is to add members to your loved ones care team.

As far as I am concerned, you are still the captain of that team, responsible for seeing that your loved one receives the best care possible from the facility. But the value you have added by your carefully determined decision is the realization that it sure would be nice to be able to spend some time with your loved one as loving son, daughter, husband or wife again, as opposed to emergency medical expert, pharmacist, nutritionist, as well as incontinence specialist.


Gary Barg

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