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I'm just a daughter of an 82 year old Mom who lives at home with I and my family. Mom receives Medicare and a supplemental program that covers her medical needs.
We provide for her emotional and social needs.
Our family chose to have all three generations living in our home together over a decade ago, and I cannot imagine the situation being any other way as her physical self slows and breaks down.
I hope that others who are making this choice out of an economic need include as part of that choice the enormous benefit it is to have an elder in the home.
Even though it is often a challenge to be witness to my mother's gradual deterioration, we as a family are the caregivers - not just those of us who are younger in service of our elder, but my Mom takes care of us in ways that cannot be quantified.
RE: the dire economic situation we are experiencing along with many others in the Portland area - the bounty or lack of money has little to do with the kind of care we give or receive in our home. AND I am forever thankful for my Mother's foresight in making certain her Medicare and supplemental insurance is in place to cover the basics of her medical care.
Bring the folks home. We all deserve it...
posted 4 years ago
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