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Letter to the Editor Tiara Smith LTC/328 Marc Schnitzer June 9, 2014
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999 W. Riverside Spokane, WA 99201 June 9, 2014 Editor Spokesman Review Newspaper 999 W. Riverside Spokane, WA 99201 To the Editor: This letter is in response to your question “Who is responsible for protecting these individuals?” Older adults are the responsibility of family, friends, facilities and the government for protection. It is everyone's responsibility to protect the well-being of our elderly. There are times that major medical decisions need to be made, and it is necessary for someone other than the patient to make that decision. It is vitally important that every decision that is made for an older adult is to better that individual's life and honor their wishes. Older people are relying on family members more often for help. Often, adult children feel responsible for their parents when they age. Many adult children are choosing to care for their parents regardless of the time, energy, or responsibilities. Those that do not provide medical care can still provide social support. Social support can be housekeeping, transportation, and shopping. Families can provide emotional support such as socializing, comforting, and reassuring older family members. Families can be useful in suggesting medical treatment or
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choosing a facility for care. Often, families take on the responsibility of assisting with paying bills or even sharing a home with an older family member. When older adults do not have family that they can rely on, they may turn to friends or acquaintances for assistance. Other older adults may have more trust for a friend than they do for
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