From the Heart: Caregiving With Love

I find myself in the bittersweet, full-circle moment of transitioning my mother to assisted living. She moved this week.

I’ve heard stories from friends, even younger than me, who have already faced this with a loved one. I’ve learned some of the ropes from them — but it’s different when the ropes are your own.

It wasn’t always easy for them. It isn’t always easy for me.

It’s difficult to let go. You hope you are making the best decision and that they will receive the care they deserve. You hope they will make new friends and have fun during these precious years.

Tending to an aging parent or loved one, no matter how little or much you are involved, is tough work. It's a balancing act. There are struggles about independence and giving up control —