How do you prepare yourself for the decline in strength in the person you're caring for? I feel very ill equipped in dealing with this. What are some measures you took (are taking) to make sure they are safe and well cared for? I don't feel my fil is ready for a nursing home (we want him to feel independent as long as possible), but we do want to provide that safe environment. I know dehydration can be a problem in the elderly and that can add to their weakness (so we try to be careful to watch for that). Your ideas will be appreciated.