Caregiving is an important role when it comes to your parent’s emotional or physical needs, which is why it’s important to recognize the roles each sibling and other family members will take on.
While it would be ideal for everyone to take part in caregiving for Mom, that’s not always possible. Maybe you’ve asked your siblings for help and support, but they may be unable to help. If you’re going at it alone, your stress may be building, and the responsibility may be beginning to wear on you.
If you find that your siblings can’t take on their share of responsibilities, there are options to consider. To learn more, CLICK HERE.
Moving can be stressful, especially when Mom is moving from the family home into her new assisted living residence. It can be an emotional time for all of you, so help ease the transition by making Mom as comfortable as possible in her new space.
Your goal is to find a balance between creating a space that feels familiar and comforting for her while keeping tabs on what will fit into her new place.
To learn about five things to help Mom decorate her senior living apartment and make her new place feel like home, CLICK HERE.
If Mom is living alone in the big family home, you may have lots of concerns—such as isolation, her safety or her ability to maintain the property. Talking about where Mom might want to live as she ages may be awkward or difficult, but it’s important have a conversation about her options while she can contribute her opinions. Some experts recommend following the 70/40 rule: Begin discussing her options when Mom is 70 or older and you are 40 or older.
To learn about 6 tips for talking to seniors about the move, CLICK HERE.
If you’re beginning to look for retirement communities for your dad, will you know where to begin? While the search may seem daunting, it’s important to be thorough: Choosing the right community—especially if he needs the support of an assisted living residence—will impact his quality of life as well as his happiness.
Save yourself a little time—and wasted energy—by avoiding these 4 mistakes that people commonly make when searching for assisted living communities. To view the common mistakes, CLICK HERE.
Your phone rings. The person on the other end of the line sounds upset, says she’s your grandchild and asks for money to get out of a sticky situation. This is how a grandparent scam begins. And because the scam pulls at your heartstrings, it’s easy to become a victim. This is how the “grandparents scam” works.
If you’ve been targeted or victimized, you’re not alone. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Americans lost more than $300 million to various imposter scams in 2017.
To learn about some helpful steps to ensure protecting yourself from the grandparents scam, CLICK HERE.
As your Dad’s caregiver, you’ve spent a lot of time—and money—providing him with the support he needs. You’ve found that you’re not only emotionally drained, but financially drained, too. Fortunately, being Dad’s caregiver, there are caregiver tax deductions that can lessen the strain a bit.
To learn more about how to take advantage of these deductions, CLICK HERE.
Are there certain charities that move you to grab your checkbook? If you value their causes, consider supporting these charitable organizations long term with a program of planned giving.
What is a planned giving program?
Planned charitable giving is a mechanism for donating that can help maximize your gifts, reduce your tax liability, and maintain your assets. Even better, your generosity doesn’t have to wait: You can start giving today.
To learn more about the three general forms of planned giving, CLICK HERE.
Have you noticed that Dad is more irritable than he used to be? Has there been a change in his sleeping patterns? These may be due to recent life-changing events, but they also could be signs of medication mismanagement.
According to a study published by PubMed, 87% of seniors take one prescription medication, 36% of seniors take five prescriptions or more, and 38% use over-the-counter medications.
Medication management will help avoid potential drug risks and reduce preventable adverse drug effects with medications used by seniors. To learn about eight tips for better medication management, CLICK HERE.