Atlantic: Living and Dying at home

Eric.Parker Compfight CC
Eric.Parker Compfight CC

[Editor’s note: A lot of creative ideas here. We’re going to see more and more of this. I’ve taken care of elderly neighbors myself only to see adult children arrive at the deathbed. Families aren’t going to realize over night their responsibility for aging parents. Some may have out lived children. There’s a host of scenarios.

I had high hopes for this piece when I read the title. I am not sure I understand why age old solution of multigenerational family settings eludes the author as a simple solution to many of the problems, if not all presented here. Basically, these communities are recreating large families,  sharing expenses, responsibilities, companionship, knowledge, and support. Volunteering for works such as these is highly admirable. Scripture does make it plain that the responsibility belongs to the family first.]

A few years back, a Domino’s pizza delivery worker named Susan Guy began to worry about one of her elderly customers, Jean Wilson, who had ordered a pizza a day for three years. Guy hadn’t received an order from Wilson for a few days, so she went to Wilson’s house and knocked on the door. When Wilson didn’t answer, Guy checked with a neighbor and then called the police, who beat down the door and found that the elderly woman had fallen and was unable to reach the phone to call for help. The woman was rushed to the hospital, and survived the ordeal.

The story illustrates one of the biggest fears many seniors and their families face about aging alone. What if something should happen? What if no one is there to help?

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