My MiL is 92 and very active for her age . She lives alone with only a cleaner once a week. She cooks for herself, usually from scratch, does her own laundry, does online grocery shopping. She goes out to bridge, scrabble club, goes to talks etc . She’s completely on the ball, interested in politics and what’s going on in the wider world. However, she’s lacking in social interaction and getting out to clubs etc is becoming more difficult for her. We’ve been suggesting sheltered housing but she’s adamant that she wants to go to a care home. We’ve taken her to see a couple of care homes and are convinced that she is really not at that stage. And are worried that, if she did move into a care home, she would just go into a decline. We’re not anti homes - one of the homes was lovely I just can’t see her having a political debate or discussing her latest book with the residents and going from cooking your own meals to not even being able to make a cup of tea seems like a big jump. The only reason she can give for preferring a care home is that she doesn’t want to move house - ie she just wants to move out of her house taking as little as possible with her. We want to support her but are really perplexed by this. I realise that we’re looking at this from the perspective of 58 year olds and I’m sure your perspective is different by the time you get to 92. Can anyone help us to see where she’s coming from so we can understand a bit better ? ( Sorry for the long post).
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