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Role Reversal: Caring for Your Aging Parents

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A role reversal happens every day around the country when adult children are suddenly in the position of taking care of their aging parents.. If you have elderly parents, you may have noticed some declines in their health and ability to manage everyday activities. Read more about the best ways to handle this role reversal while caring for your aging parents.

Planning for the Care of Your Parents

Most of us think about our parents living for many years, well into their 90’s. However, it is important to remember that this is not always the case, and it is wise to have a plan in place caring for your aging parents to provide care if they are no longer able to care for themselves.
You may feel that a nursing home, long-term care at home or assisted living facility is what you would choose for your parent. But, when the time comes to make the move you may feel differently. It can ease the stress on you and your loved one if you explore the available options for care at home and in a facility before a crisis situation develops.

Handling Caregiver Burnout

Taking care of your children, spending time with your spouse, and focusing on your career can become difficult when you are also caring for your aging parents. Even if you only have yourself to be responsible for, caring for your elderly parents can still cause caregiver burnout.

Looking for Help When Needed

Your parents’ physician, local senior center, the internet, and even friends in similar situations can be good sources of information on where to find good care for your loved one. Of course, an elder law attorney will have experience with home care agencies and care facilities and can help guide you to the best available care and advise you on ways to pay for it.There are independent care facilities that provide ample entertainment, days out around town, and can deliver meals.

If you are caring for your aging parents who are also remaining in there own home, you can hire respite care to help you when you need a break or when you take a vacation. If more help is needed, a home care agency can provide in home care on a regular basis. If paying for care is an issue, public benefits such as Medicaid or veterans benefits may be an option.

It is difficult to face that a person who raised you, cared for you, and took care of you now needs you to take care of them. It is important to remember that you don’t have to do this alone, and there is help available when coping is difficult.

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