Life is full of tough decisions. One of the toughest is to judge whether it is time to find a nursing home for an elderly relative. It is a decision where emotional, practical, financial, and legal issues come together in a uniquely intense way, very often at a time when the care-giver’s inner resources are at a low ebb.
It is quite natural to put off the thought of a nursing home. If someone has cared for us in infancy, we feel a moral duty to care for her in old age. Caring is also a rewarding role in its own right, and many people find their own resources blossoming through the process of providing practical and emotional support.