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Our placement decision had much to
do with our sense of how much the facility personnel
would partner with us as primary caregivers as it
did for how well they were going to care for our
grandparents as residents.
What we learned over the years as
long-term care advocates and as consumers is that it
is imperative to realize just how frightening a
situation this is for family members. Most
long-term care placement starts from a tipping
point. Either a loved one has fallen, is
wandering at home or has developed incontinence.
Many times there is no time as long-term care
placement decisions must be made rather quickly.
What we seek as family caregivers
can be summed up in three words: peace of mind. And
how we get that is through trust.
We need to trust that you will
care for our loved ones, trust that you have the
proper technology to keep them safe from wandering
or can quickly respond to falls, and trust that you
understand our concerns.
As I have spoken with caregivers over these past 17
years about long-term care placement, many of the
check marks against these familiesí decisions to
choose a specific facility have not changed since we
were choosing a long-term care facility ourselves in
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