Dynamic Woman — Changing Times
Special offer: Moving Mom to Assisted Living
Thinking about moving mom (or an elderly relative or friend) to assisted living? As a special offer, I am making one of my popular blog series available free as a PDF to my newsletter subscribers. Current subscribers will receive their free copy in the February newsletter. New subscribers will receive their copy when they sign-up.
This short guide offers insights on factors to consider when you face moving an aging relative. Many of us will have to make this call for our parents. Our culture does not make this an easy conversation. This guide helps you identify the signs that your relative or friend can no longer live independently. It offers suggestions for the tough conversation ahead and a checklist to help you manage your new responsibility.
Written in anecdotal form with warmth and humor, Moving Mom offers the words of an encouraging friend, letting you know about the blessings that abound at the end of this difficult road.
Making the Call
Does any parent ever decide on their own to to move into assisted living?
I told myself that my mother-in-law made this decision when she purchased long-term care insurance. So why was I tossing in bed at 3 am, feeling intense pain in my muscles? Why did my heart break and my brain accuse me of callous selfishness? Because my husband and I had to make a tough call to move mom against her will, and it felt like we were torturing a puppy.
This downloadable ebook is based on blogs I posted that chronicled our experience and how we made some difficult decisions. At the suggestion of readers who found our story helpful, I want to share what we learned with you.
In the summer of 2014, my husband and I received a disturbing phone call. My mother-in-law had fallen and hurt herself, a neighbor told us. She was in pain. She wasn’t getting out of bed. She didn’t want us to know.
We flew from our home in California to rural Arkansas, where mom lived. We knew we had to see for ourselves if she could continue to live independently.
Photo credit: Jamesy Pena
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