Helen Brown
Hometown: Medford, Oregon

I saw what long-term care did to my mother's bank account after she suffered a stroke in 1992. There was no way she could stay in an assisted living home so we had to place her in an adult foster-care home. She only lived 14 months after her stroke. As heartbreaking as it was to lose her it was a blessing because we were fast running out of options as her bank account dwindled (or should I say rushed) into oblivion. That was in 1993 and I shudder to think what it would be like today. I am now totally disabled and the thought of what long-term care could do to my family makes me cringe!