Top 10 Things Adult Children Should Do to Plan for the Care of Aging Parents
As you begin to plan for the care of aging parents, you (and your parents) may feel overwhelmed. From your perspective, you need to make sure all of their needs will be met now and as they change over time. For your parents, there may be a fear of losing control and independence – or possibly even losing their home and lifestyle.
How Can You Best Plan for the Care of Aging Parents?
These ten steps can help ease the process, from the initial conversation through finalizing a plan you can all agree on.
- Start the conversation early. Don’t wait until your parents are in crisis to have a conversation about their wishes for their future care. Begin a dialogue early and listen to their concerns, goals, and preferences.
- Assess their current needs. Take a close look at your parents’ current living arrangements, health, and daily routines to determine what kind of care they may need in the future.
- Investigate care options. Familiarize yourself with the different types of care available, including in-home care, assisted living, and nursing homes. Make sure you understand the costs and benefits of each option.
- Consider financial planning. Start preparing for the financial implications of your parents’ care, including long-term care insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid.
- Get organized. Create a file with important information, such as legal documents, medical records, and contact information for healthcare providers. Keep this file updated and accessible.
- Learn about legal options. Make sure you understand the legal options available for planning for your parents’ care, including power of attorney and guardianship.
- Take advantage of community resources. Look into local resources, such as senior centers, community services, and support groups. These can provide valuable support and resources for you and your parents.
- Evaluate technology. Explore how technology can help support your parents’ care, including telehealth services, home monitoring systems, and wearable devices.
- Get help. Don’t try to do it all yourself. Consider hiring a professional caregiver or a geriatric care manager to help with the planning and care process.
- Stay involved. Make sure you stay involved in your parents’ care, even as their needs change over time. Regular visits and communication will help you ensure they are getting the care they need and deserve.
Planning for the care of aging parents can be a complex and emotional process. However, by starting early and taking a proactive approach, you can help ensure your parents receive the care they need and deserve.
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