When elderly parents become ill, disabled or develop dementia and are no longer able to care for themselves, their adult children often take on the responsibility of caring for them — particularly if the other parent is deceased. However, when there's more than one child, that doesn't necessarily mean that the responsibilities are divided equally.
If you're going to be spending some time with a loved one in a nursing home this holiday season, you may have an opportunity to better observe their care and conditions than you usually do. No one wants to believe that an elderly family member may be suffering from neglect or abuse. However, it happens all too often.