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Caring for Elderly Parents: Managing Role-Reversal

Fifty-nine-year-old Linda, who lives 15 minutes away in Kansas City, had just four days to shift roles from self-exiled daughter to daily caregiver and major decision-maker. Her immediate obligation was to find an assisted living situation for a woman who had never asked for help from anyone for anything. Her mother's stern attitude magnified the pressure Linda felt. Given a two-week reprieve when her mother was placed in a nursing home for rehabilitation, Linda contacted Jeannie Darnell at A Place for Mom, who helped her locate an appropriate assisted living home in their area. This was the first difficult elder care decision Linda had to make, though it is certainly far from being the last.

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