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Pro-con: Should people send parents to nursing homes? (w/video)

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Feb. 2, 2014 at 10:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 2, 2014 at 8:03 p.m.

Ruthie Nelson, 86, of Victoria, gives her caregiver, Eva Cruz, 34, of Victoria, a hug as Cruz prepares lunch for Nelson and her housemate, Bobbye Altman. Cruz has been a personal caregiver for four years and takes care of Nelson and Altman six days a week. "When you're here, all you do is laugh,'' Cruz says.

Sending elderly and perhaps sickly parents to a retirement home or assisted-living facility can be a difficult decision for children to make.

For some, family members want to keep their aging loved ones at home, where they're comfortable, where the environment is familiar.

For others, senior care can be too challenging and time-consuming, or their parents' physical and medical needs are beyond their skill level.

So what is the appropriate decision to make when seniors cannot live alone anymore?

PRO: More care, attention for parents may be possible with professional help

CON: Aging parents should stay at home

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