Compassionate Decision Making

Caregivers of persons with dementia often struggle with feeling they are making the right decisions for their loved ones.   Should I take the car keys?  Is it time for a long-term care facility?  What would she have wanted?  Should I be substituting my judgment for his?

Viki Kind is an bioethicist with her own personal experiences of being a decision-maker for her parents.  She has written a very helpful book that gives caregivers tools they can really use in making difficult decisions.  Ms. Kind has the gift of combining practical information with the needs of the heart – both the heart of the person who needs help and the heart of the decision-maker.  The book is The Caregiver’s Path to Compassionate Decision Making: Making Choices for Those Who Can’t, by Viki Kind, MA.

Susan Formby, LCSW

Care Consultant

Alzheimer’s Association, Georgia Chapter


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