Elaine, you bring up such a good point. Sometimes what appears to be a bad decision at present will later emerge as the best thing for the loved one who is making it--especially when that person is mentally intact. As we feel our abilities and sense of self slipping away--as is the case with so many of the very elderly--retaining some autonomy becomes paramount. Being able to discuss these changes makes the whole situation much easier for family members, but, in the end, I think your social worker is very wise. Her statement shows deep compassion and I think that's really what this is all about. Cheryl

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