Long Term Care
Emphasis on Personhood
When an illness or injury strikes a person who is already affected by age-related issues, the family members most responsible for caring for that loved one might find themselves ill-equipped or unprepared to deal with the unexpected demands. The challenge of attending to the aging loved one’s daily needs might be overwhelming. Family members can exhaust themselves and their resources to provide for the most basic of care issues. If one has to spend all his or her time feeding, washing, and assisting a loved one at the expense of one’s own self-care and interests, it can put strains on the ability to enjoy a satisfying relationship with the person requiring the care because there is little left for the important tasks of maintaining a loving and fulfilling relationship with an aging family member. A long term care setting offers the possibility for the delegation of the “fundamental” and daily care giving roles to the nursing home staff so that there is energy for quality time meaningfully spent to attend the emotional, psychological, and relational needs of their loved ones.