Making a Senior Care Decision — In a Minute

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 12 March 2013

What great caregiving advice comes from the Earl of Chesterfield? Check out this post to find out.“I recommend you take care of the minutes and the hours will take care of themselves.” These words from the Earl of Chesterfield (shared in this Sageminder.com collection of quotes for caregivers) are appropriate for those caring for a senior, because in many cases, caregivers find themselves making a care decision following a crisis. And of course, in the case of a crisis, decisions often must be made in a minute.

Caregiving is a moment-to-moment journey, especially for those dealing with a loved one who has dementia or another degenerative chronic disease or illness. There is little time for decision-making, and even less time for planning ahead.

However, as the Earl of Chesterfield seemed to imply in his words, thinking of and planning for the future in terms of simple, fleeting minutes means that the long, difficult hours will be covered.

While we don’t recommend making a senior care decision in a minute, there are many ways to take a minute to think about care (either for yourself or a loved one), whether you or your loved one need it now. Here’s how:

  • Browse our site for senior care listings in your city/state. Know what’s available so when you’re in a pinch, you have a starting point.
  • Outline your 5 wishes for end-of-life care.
  • Plug into resources online and in your community. Learn more about what’s out there via this Caregiving Resource Guide.


There are 7 Comments about this post

  1. I enjoyed your post. Thanks for sharing your insights on making a decision regarding senior care. It is never really easy to come to a decision. It takes a lot of time to come to the right decision.


    on 19 March 2013 / 5:46 AM

  2. Thanks, Tammy! Glad you enjoyed the post and insights on making a senior care decision. Agreed: it’s never an easy one and takes time, but there are certainly ways to narrow down the options. It also helps to know what you should be looking for. I hope the blogs on our site speak to that! Thanks for visiting, reading and commenting.


    on 19 March 2013 / 6:44 AM

  3. This is an excellent post. You just know what and how to come up with the right decision. This is a great help.


    on 26 March 2013 / 11:13 PM

  4. It definitely takes time. You cannot ask your loved one to just decide in a matter of minutes. You have to consider his feelings and the consequences thereafter and maybe by then, you and the senior loved one can come up with a decision. Excellent post by the way.


    on 26 March 2013 / 11:16 PM

  5. Thanks to Twila and Angel for your comments! Glad you found the advice in the post to be relevant and accurate. Appreciate the feedback!


    on 27 March 2013 / 9:11 AM

  6. It is an important matter that would need time before coming up with a decision. There’s a lot of factors that need to be considered and discussed before deciding to put them under a homecare provider.


    on 17 April 2013 / 2:44 AM

  7. That is true, Blythe. Thanks for your comment!


    on 17 April 2013 / 6:14 AM


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