Footprints in the Windsm # 1070–wipe their brow

Footprints in the Windsm # 1070

How should we care for our fragile elderly? Tenderly, of course. Lovingly. Provide a level of care higher than nursing homes—someone to wipe their brow, help them clean up and not feel shame if their bowels or limbs or minds are no longer in their control. Watch to see that they are not abused, and instead treated well. Not for reasons of wealth or lack of it, but for reasons of the dignity and importance of life.

But what is the meeting place of finances and the way we care? Some things take money. Some things take care. Some people get confused and think that money can replace care.

One answer might be to remove money from the equation. But turning it over to the financial side of the community, whether the government or private insurers, subjects these our most frail to the economy’s ups and downs. We must open up our hearts and our tenderness first. Then the money will work as needed. The first level of response needs to be caring for life.

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