If you’ve noticed something just…isn’t right…with your aging parents or loved ones, you may be wondering, “What do I do?”

It can be a scary time, a confusing time, and a time when you really just aren’t sure where to turn.  Our goal is to help you, with 5 simple steps, to help you determine what your next step should be.

Most importantly, know that you are not alone.

  1. Determine what your parents need – It can be tough to know what these things are, but maybe these key areas can help…Are they struggling in all areas, or just certain ones?  Make note of those areas where they need the most help, and notice both the severity, as well as whether you see it improving or deteriorating over time?
    1. Safety of their home?
    2. Medical needs?
    3. Family support? (You and other family members)
    4. Reasoning and Comprehension?  How is their mental acuity?
    5. Physical condition? (Like mobility, and generally getting around?)
    6. Meal preparation? (Food choices, availability, etc?)
    7. Social interaction and hobbies?
    8. Personal Hygiene?
  2. Think about your own needs and limitations
    1. See our post, 10 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before Caring For Your Aging Parent
    2. Do you live close enough for frequent visits?
    3. How is your health?
    4. What is your knowledge and skill level?
    5. What resources do you have to support your choice?
  3. Include your parents in the decision.
    1. Get their input/reaction to potential change.
    2. Consider a gradual or incremental change, if possible.
    3. Including them in the conversations, will help show you are a partner, and not trying to take away their freedom.
  4. Know the finances
    1. Regardless of the choice made, there will still be a financial impact.
    2. Take into account what insurance and medicare will cover.
    3. Assess the everyday expenses, like food, utilities, etc.
    4. Tally up what they are able to cover, and determine if it is sufficient, or if there is a shortage.
    5. Consider turning to a financial planner and/or family law attorney if needed.
  5. Make their home safe – take care of the basics
    1. Watch the video on making How to Make a Home Safe for Aging In Place
    2. Download our Home Safety Checklist

We understand how difficult it is to see a parent slipping.  While we may not be able to prevent that, what we can do, is make it safer, and more comfortable for everyone involved.

If you would like to have a complimentary, no-obligation consultation, we would be happy to speak with you. Simply give us a call at (678) 494-8129, or send us a message.  We are happy to set up a time to talk with you and help you determine what a reasonable “next step” is for you and your loved ones.