If you were living alone in your old age and really unable to take care of yourself adequately, with no relatives available to take on the role of caregiver, do you think you would resist moving to a nursing home or assisted living facility?
I ask the question because I had an aunt who was in and out of the hospital but they kept releasing her to home, even though the family told them that sending her home was a death sentence. She had stopped eating and kept falling down. If she'd gone to a rehab facility (which she considered a nursing home, therefore it was to be avoided), she might still be alive today. She did not get help recovering from an injury, so the problem escalated and she passed away recently.
I realize that none of us can know how we would react until we are in the situation. For me, if I was alone, I think I might enjoy having some people my own age to interact with.
I think it's a matter of dignity when people reach that point. When you think about it, you have taken care of yourself for so long, and gradually you age and then it probably seems that all of a sudden you can't do things you used to do without a thought. I know it's TMI, but sometimes they are not as limber and they can't wipe themselves, some become incontinent and soil themselves. After raising kids and living your adult life for so long, it has to be hard to accept that you have to wear adult diapers, or have people help you with things you think are mundane.
I think for companionship a nursing home would be good, but I don't even like to think of feeling like I am giving up my pride. I hope when I reach that age I am not so full of pride that I won't accept help if I need it.
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