Beverley Martin is a nurse who has spent years working in hospitals. Still, she says she wasn’t quite prepared emotionally for when she had to put her elderly mother in a nursing home.
“It was terrifying for one thing. Because, you know, you can be in the business forever, but when it affects someone in your family, you really don’t know where to turn.”
Martin says she felt overwhelmed by all the paperwork–forms for Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. The worst part, she says, is the guilt.
“You feel like you’re betraying them because you promised you’d never put them into a nursing home. And then you worry about the money.”
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