Caring for an aging parent can be overwhelming. It generally becomes emotional as well because of the familial connection. Other family members may not share your thoughts on how to properly care for your aging parent, which can often lead to negative emotions and conflicts within the family.
To avoid personal and legal confrontations, your loved one should speak with an attorney and express his or her wishes ahead of time. Asking your parent to designate you or another trusted individual as his or her health care proxy could prevent legal battles and other difficult situations in the future.
To make your role as a caregiver for your parent(s) less challenging, you should create a checklist and truly understand what is required of you. These legal documents help to establish the wishes of your parents and to minimize the strive within the wider family.
Below are some of the legal documents that you should plan to set up when caring for an aging parent.
Following this checklist, you can plan how to provide effective care for your loved one. But at some point your aging parent may need the assistance and expertise of a trained professional caregiver, like a geriatric care manager, home health provider, and/or an assisted living community/nursing home.
Not every senior has the same care needs. And many seniors will experience an increasing level of care over time. When it comes to placing your aging parent in an assisted living community setting, contact us at Best Nest Senior Advisors for a no-cost, personal solution. We can help you find the perfect residential environment for your mom or dad.