Americans continue to get older, and more and more adult Americans with elderly parents are confronting the issue of providing regular assistance to help their parents meet the difficulties of aging. There is no one right or wrong answer to the question of how much assistance your parents might need, but there are alternatives to full time nursing home or assisted living care facilities. If your aging parent needs assistance, there are several potential avenues you might consider.
One of the easiest ways you can assist an elderly parent is by offering to take care of the parent’s financial obligations. It’s often a good idea to pay the parent’s bills on their behalf simply adding the chore to your own regular bill payments. By having your parents assign you a limited financial power of attorney through which you can pay the bills and use the parent’s funds to do so, this eliminates an easily forgotten, task your parents may have difficulty doing on their own.
Some parents are not as able to manage their own home as much as they used to. Simple tasks such as showing up regularly to help clean, performing household chores, and even bringing over meals or having the parents visit more often can often alleviate this problem.
For parents who have significant physical or health problems or who are unable to take care of themselves, more full-time care is likely the only option. Whether it’s an in-home care assistant or moving to a nursing home environment, making the decision to transition to this kind of lifestyle is something you will need speak your parents about in detail.