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When I think of FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE my mind goes in many different directions, which is making it very difficult to produce this post today!
When I think of the loss of FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE for many seniors it makes me sad. Sure, they still technically have rights.
However their FREEDOM may be limited by many things: health; wealth; social stature; family availability; and insurance guidelines, just to name a few! Their INDEPENDENCE could be affected and limited by these same things and more.
In my opinion, it is important that we help them maintain as much FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE as possible even with these limitations. These things take on different meaning for different people and different situations.
We also must understand and accept that the definition of FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE may change as our parents age and/or develop health problems that go beyond anything we have likely ever experienced and they may continue to evolve & change.
Before you (and hopefully your parents) decide what they need, you must first decide how much of your own FREEDOM and INDEPENDENCE you are able to sacrifice. If you have ever raised a child, you know that how much of either of these things you actually have are directly connected to what your child needs. It's very similar with senior care! Some days you will have freedom and some days you won't - it's that simple!
Have a safe INDEPENDENCE Day!
|What's your definition of Senior freedom?|