Are You Ready to Be a Caregiver For a Senior Parent?
There are many adults today who find themselves in the same position—they notice their senior parents are starting to age and that they can no longer care for themselves. This can put many people in a difficult situation as they must determine whether or not they can emotionally, physically and financially help care for their parents. This can be a difficult decision to make as you not only want to do what is best for your loved one but also for your family.
If you find yourself in this type of situation, there are a few steps that you should take in order to determine whether or not you are ready to take on the responsibility of caring for your loved one. Here are a few steps to help you along the way.
- Have a meeting With Your Family
When you are making this type of decision, it is important to sit down and meet with your senior parent and your entire family. You want everyone who is supporting this transition to be on the same page and to be as involved as possible with this care decision. Nearly half of families with aging senior parents haven’t discussed care with their loved ones yet, so it is important that you take the time to talk about it with everyone involved.
- Talk to Your Financial Advisor
Even if your senior loved one has some money to cover their aging care, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be some financial burdens on you and your family. You want to make sure that you are financially prepared to take on this extra care responsibility, so take a moment to meet with your financial advisor to determine the best way to budget for these changes.
- Meet With a Senior Living Advisor
If you are feeling uncertain about your ability to care for your loved one, or not sure about what to expect in the future when your loved one needs care, you can always speak to a professional. Senior living advisors are great resources for families who need a little extra information, care or support when it comes to figuring out the complexities of senior care.
- Explore the Options in Your Area
Every senior is different and every senior will thrive under different care situations. Just because you are planning on taking care of your loved one, it doesn’t mean that you have to do it completely on your own. Do some research into local assisted living communities, adult day cares, nurses and in come care providers to determine what is available near you and how much it costs so you can start to plan for the type of care that your senior loved one needs or may need in the future.
Many times, when it comes to determining who will take care of your senior loved one and how they will be taken care of, the earlier you are able to plan the better. Senior care can be complex and at times challenging, and it can also involve a lot of difficult conversations. However, many times the more proactive you are about planning for this type of future, the better.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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