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

Jennifer Preyss-Mathlouthi is an award-winning faith writer and columnist.