Caring for the people that once looked out for you is one tough job. At various times, youʼll have to act as an elder advocate, financial expert, nurse, doctor, housekeeper, cook and personal assistant. In addition to all this, youʼre still the child to your parents.
Just remember to take care of yourself first and maintain your sense of humor, and remember youʼre not alone. Nearly one in four American households includes someone who provides care for an aging parent, older relative or friend. Many have discovered that having a plan in place before its needed makes everything easier. If you wait for a crisis to force a quick decision, your options may be limited.
You might want to seek assistance from a case manager, referral service or similar professionals. Itʼs best if your care recipient participated in development of a plan, maintaining as much control as feasible. The goal is for your care recipient to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible.
Itʼs also a good idea to include other members of your family in the planning process. Doing so will help to avoid communication problems and conflicts later. Family conferences are the place to emphasize the need for flexibility, cooperation and shared responsibility.
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