Entering nursing home is a tough decision
By MISTY MAYARD
Monday, April 2, 2007 6:00 PM EDT
EDITOR’S NOTE: At the turn of the 20th century, Americans could expect to live to the ripe old age of 47. Today, according to the Centers for Disease Control National Center for Health Statistics, the average American can expect to live 77.9 years.
As the percentage of the population which reaches "old age" continues to increase, we are faced with how to best prepare for it. Over the next few days in a series of stories we will examine the process of aging in our area and the unique problems it presents, not only for those who are aging but also for those who are charged with the care of those who cannot care for themselves in their golden years.
Three years ago Bob Biddle made the decision to place his parents in the Maysville Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility.
Biddle’s father was developing dementia, and his mother was unable to care for herself any longer, Biddle said.
While his father died last August, Biddle’s mother, May Biddle, remains a resident at the facility.
The decision to place a family member in a nursing home can be difficult for many, but Biddle said it was the best option to guarantee the care needed for his parents was provided, and their quality of life did not suffer.
"The nursing home has been wonderful," Biddle said of the Maysville facility. "I can leave there and know she’s under good care."
At 98 years old, May Biddle has more of a social life now than she ever did at her home, Biddle said.
"My mother goes to bingo … and church," he said. She exercises, and has a number of friends in the facility. Bob Biddle said she also receives more visitors than she ever did at her home.
"It’s been good for her," he said.
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