By Alexandria Sifferlin
June 1, 2012
In this week’s TIME cover story, “The Long Goodbye” (available to subscribers here), journalist Joe Klein writes about managing the care of his ailing parents, both of whom suffered from dementia, until their deaths last winter eight weeks apart. He spent “five months as a death panel for both my mother and my father,” Klein writes.
For many families facing the same journey at the end of life, the medical decisions that must be made can be overwhelming. On Thursday, we offered readers guidance on how best to prepare for end-of-life care. Below, we offer information on the various housing options available for aging or ill parents and loved ones; there are many alternatives to the standard nursing home.
“What is best for one person’s parent might be utterly wrong for another,” says Dr. Ira Byock, director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and author of The Best Care Possible. “But it is possible to discern what treatments and elements of care best fit each individual at each point in time.”