Commissioned Stories: A Year-long Goodbye
Fed up with what she considered inadequate care, Ellen Goode, 43, moved her mother, Frances Livermore, 87, out of a nursing home and into her Chicago living room. Frances suffered from paralysis due to Parkinson's and mini-strokes, diabetes and numerous other ailments, which required 24-hour monitoring.
While Ellen says she is happy with the decision to care for Frances, it did not come easily. Caregivers often deal with physical and emotional issues due to the overwhelming nature of the job, from which Ellen was not immune.