Families often struggle with the decision to place an older loved one into a nursing home, residential care facility and/or assisted living facility. Loved ones struggle with the difficult decision of having to place the care of a loved one into the hands of a third party. They must balance this difficult decision with the overwhelming physical and psychological pressures that can go along with trying to care for a loved one at home.

The San Diego Union Tribune ran a story on February 6, 2015, addressing the difficulties associated with caring for a loved one at home, especially those with dementia or Alzheimers. The article listed several resources that assist individuals that are caring for loved ones at home, including the Southern Caregiver Resource Center. Alzheimer’s Association, Parkinson’s Association, Glenner Memory Care Centers and the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Oftentimes, when a resident is abused or neglected at a facility, their family members feel guilty for what occurred. However, it is important to remember that it is the job of these facilities to ensure the residents are safe and properly cared for. The facilities are paid to provide this care, and are required by law to protect residents when they agree to admit them.

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