My mother, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease over a year ago, is in a nursing home and even though it’s the best option for the 24/7 care she needs, it wasn’t an easy decision to make. My mother was only 45 years old when our father passed away 36 years ago. She was a woman who was proud of her independence. Like many families, we had hoped she could live out her years at home or with one of us, but the progression of the disease made that impossible.
Heart-rending guilt. That’s what I felt when the time came to place my mother in a nursing home. Even though I’ve worked for years helping families with similar situations and I have a nursing background, it felt terrible. When your heartstrings are attached, it’s a whole different ball game.