Caregiver or Resource Coordinator; How to Best Help Your Aging Parents

If you are faced with a sudden care need for your parents, there may be a moment of panic and the question, “What do I do now?”  This can be an overwhelming time because care needs are highly unpredictable and are unique to each family.   It is essential to understand your parents’ goals for their future and honestly evaluate what role you can best serve in the care of your parents as they age.  Not everyone is suited to be the primary caregiver, and this may not be the role your parents want you to serve.  Following are a few questions to prompt thought and discussion for you and your family in advance of issues. Have your parents shared their goals for their desired future or have they given you the message that this is none of your business?  Some parents are extremely private about any potential changes, including their finances and estate plans.  Beginning discussions with your parents in advance of any issues can help keep them from being confrontational and give them the widest range of choices.  If Read on! →