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Principle Ten

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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 21 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 the 1990s.

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Gary Barg


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