Roger and Eleanor Barnard live in Longview, a residential senior retirement community located in Ithaca, NY. Roger, 86, has suffered from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's since 1992. Roger lies in bed as Eleanor washes clothes in the bathroom.

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There are limited options when Roger is bedridden, leaving him using diapers. As time passes it becomes more and more difficult for Eleanor and the aides that help out to keep up with Roger's hygiene and the demands of his condition.

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Aides provided by the Longview community come into the Barnard's apartment and help Eleanor with Roger. Particularly, they will help get him in and out of bed, or if he is unable to get out of bed, they will help change his diapers.

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Eleanor tries to wake Roger up after their meal in the Longview Community's dining hall. During the course of the meal, Roger fell asleep with his head on the table.

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Eleanor pushes Roger in the hallway of Longview. If Roger is unable to support himself it's hard for Eleanor to help. "If he ends up on the floor I can't pick him up," Eleanor said.

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Roger has choked before, and to avoid further problems, Eleanor began pureeing his food and feeding it to him.

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Eleanor looks at her husband Roger as he sleeps on his chair mid-afternoon. Taking care of Roger exhausts Eleanor, leaving her to take daily naps.

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Roger spends most of his days sleeping and was bedridden for a week or days at a time, thus getting bedsores.

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Eleanor didn't want to put Roger in a nursing home or be away from him. She felt it was important for her to take care of him to the best of her abilities. Roger passed away with Eleanor in their apartment May 2013.

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