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Placing a parent in a nursing home is a decision you never want to have to make


by Kate White
11th Jun 2021

"At 29, my Mam was gone, and Dad, although still alive, was not the same. He needed full-time care."

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"At 29, my Mam was gone, and Dad, although still alive, was not the same. He needed full-time care."

Within five months, Kate White's mother passed away, her father had a life altering stroke and she gave birth to a baby daughter. "You only truly enter adulthood when your parents become the ones that need looking after", she writes

It’s a threat we throw around so easily to our parents: ‘I’ll put you in a nursing home when you’re old.’ Never have nursing homes been as visible and part of widespread discussion as they have been over the past year. We all saw the pictures of families peering through windows at their loved ones trapped inside. That was me. Despite all the jokey threats, you never think it will happen to you. My dad...

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