The last straw was when the kids found out mom was not taking her drugs. At least not on a daily basis. Being baby boomers, they knew what had to be done. An intervention was necessary to make sure mom stayed on her heart and blood pressure drugs.
Elder clients always ask, “Is it a good idea to pay for my funeral in advance?”, and “Won’t my life insurance take care of it?” This is a nationwide concern, and a 1998 AARP survey showed about 32% of Americans over fifty have made some prepayment arrangements.
Old Augie was a tough minded 93 year old with a very frail body. He had been living alone for nearly two decades after the death of his wife, and had no children or close family. His entire life he had been independent and self sufficient. When he fell, went to the hospital, and then spent two months rehabbing in a nursing home, he was determined to get out and never go back to an institution. Like many such people, he wanted to die in his own home.
Families with loved ones in slow decline, or suddenly faced with an emergency need for care because of a stroke or fall, are fearful of the costs of long-term care and losing their home and assets. This fear can lead some to act hastily on bad information, or poor advice obtained from a relative of a friend who knew someone who had a similar need for care.
In 1930 congress established the Department of Veterans Affairs. Although not well known, the VA has programs that provide several types of long term care services. Veterans with service connected disabilities who are receiving a VA Pension or who meet the guidelines for low income, can get medical care, home care, assisted living, nursing home care, possibly prescription drugs, and other services.