Navigating the future

Dear Theresa,

My husband’s health has been failing for some time and I know I won’t be able to care for him for much longer. I’ve visited a number of facilities, talked to a lot of people and have a pile of literature. That seems to be the easy part, because I’m still confused. Everyone’s been helpful, but we can’t seem to move to the next step. He has good days when I think I can handle things but when he has bad days I reconsider. It’s a roller coaster ride and I just don’t know how to figure out what kind of care he really needs. Can you help?

Roberta

Dear Roberta,

You’re right, finding the appropriate care is a little like a roller coaster ride. Not everyone needs a care facility and there are a lot of options available. Finding the right level of care for him is what’s important. Our policy is to talk things through with families since Shady Lane may or may not be the answer. However, an objective assessment can be made and then you decide what the best choice is. This may even open choices you may not have thought of and create a continuum of care, a longer range plan of options that considers what he needs now and what he may need in the future. I will be happy to sit down with you. We do this at no cost and with no obligation as a part of Shady Lane’s commitment to the community.

Take care,

Theresa

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