This is an excerpt from a Kaiser Health News article. Read the full article here.
David Solie’s 89-year-old mother, Carol, was unyielding. “No, I will not move,” she told her son every time he suggested that she leave her home and relocate to a senior living residence.
And it didn’t stop there. Although Carol suffered from coronary artery disease, severe osteoporosis, spinal compression fractures and unsteady balance, she didn’t want assistance. When Solie brought in aides to help after a bad fall and subsequent surgery, his mother fired them in a matter of days.
“In her mind, she considered it a disgrace to have anybody in her home,”
Solie said. “This was her domain for over 50 years, a place where she did everything by herself and in her own way.”