Placing Your Parent In A Nursing Home

“We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before, and it has changed for the better; so I trust it will again. If difficulties arise, we must put forth new exertion and proportion our efforts to the exigencies of the times.” – George Washington

This is truly one of my all time favorite quotes, by a great man and a great leader. I’ve thought about this during times of personal difficulty and I refer to it again when meeting with families who are faced with the prospect of placing a loved one in our nursing home.

I frequently meet with families who have hosted a parent in their own homes for a long time before realizing that they simply couldn’t do it any longer.

To a person, they are consumed with guilt for relinquishing their parent to the care of a nursing facility. It isn’t an easy decision to make and it isn’t an easy conversation to have.

I always empathize and cry with the families and I do my utmost to assuage their fears and concerns. Some of the fear and stigma is associated with the idea that nursing facilities are a “dumping ground” for elderly people. This is an unfortunate myth and propagated by those nursing facilities who show little compassion for those who fall under their care. These facilities are (hopefully) the anomalies and the exceptions to the rule.

At Regency Nursing Centers, the reality is that our seniors live out their golden years in health and happiness and their families rest assured in our culture of caring and compassion.

Our facility isn’t the end, but the beginning.

The stress of decision making, handling of financial affairs and arrangements are over. Now we embark together on a brand new phase of care giving!

We relieve our families of the herculean task of the 24 hour caring for their loved one. Now, when they visit Mom or Dad, it is to simply bond on an emotional level. These visits take on an entirely new dimension, as the families get to spend quality time reminiscing and reliving old memories, which was impossible when they were caught up in the constant routine of the day to day caring for their parent at home.

We ensure that our families will never have any regrets when the time comes to say their final goodbye to Mom or Dad.

Our families can truly be at peace knowing that they did all they could to provide their loved one with the very best in care and compassion during their final years.

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