April 7, 2018 at 1:57 pm · Senior Living Georgia · Comments Off on 5 Resources for Caring for Elderly Parents
Your parents took care of you when you needed them. Now they need you to take care of them.
It might not be as easy as it sounds, however, when you have your own children to be taking care of.
The great thing is that there are lots of resources available to help you in caring for elderly parents.
Let’s look at a few of them.
Caring for elderly parents can get expensive, depending on their needs. If you are lucky, your parents may have squirreled away enough to cover their retirement needs.
More likely, however, is that you are a child of the 80% of Americans that have $5000 dollars or less in savings. Which means you have to figure out where to get the money to care for them.
You can use tools like benefits.gov or benefitscheckup.org to find what government assistance your parent is eligible for. There are several programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security that can help.
If your parent was in the military the VA may have some resources to help as well.
Another way to help pay for your parent’s care is to keep the cost down in the first place. There are a few ways to do this.
For example, if your parent is living alone in their home, chances are they have an extra room. You could offer this room at a discounted price to a young person looking for an inexpensive place to live.
In exchange, they can perform basic caregiving tasks. In many cases, it’s simply nice to have someone in the house who can call for help if something goes wrong.
You also may be able to offer use of your parent’s car to a young person in exchange for taking your parent to the grocery store or doctor’s appointments.
Some services like Meals On Wheels may take meals to seniors that can’t get out much. It can be difficult for you to make sure that your parent is getting plenty of hot, nutritious meals.
These services can help you make sure that your parent is getting good food each day. This can be very helpful when your parent has special dietary needs that the organization can help you with.
There are various organizations that offer plenty of resources and help for seniors. You’ve probably heard of some of them. These include:
- The AARP
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Administration on Aging
- Area Agencies on Aging
- Aging and Disability Resource Centers
These organizations offer support in different ways. Check into a few to find one that offers what your parent needs.
Other Family Members
Don’t forget the rest of the family. You don’t have to shoulder the responsibility of caring for elderly parents by yourself.
Even if your family members live far away, they can help with financial responsibilities. Don’t be afraid to ask them to come for a visit so you can have a break once in a while.
Help Caring for Elderly Parents
Most seniors tend to want to keep living in their homes. But that may not be what’s best for them. They often live alone and may not be happy with such solitude.