When The Roles Have Switched: Caring For Elderly Parents

July 24, 2016 by Miller Funeral & Cremation Services Staff  


With the increase in life expectancy, coupled with the high cost of most nursing facilities and independent living residences, many American families are opting to move their parent or parents into their homes. Not only does this offer a more cost-effective solution to senior care it also allows younger generations to get to know their grandparents.


This trend upholds a tradition that once existed – that of caring for elderly parents at home, rather than in institutions.


And while the benefits are many, there are some additional considerations that can be challenging if not carefully planned.


Caring For Elderly Parents Also Means Caring For Yourself

There is probably nothing so fulfilling as being able to take care of the people who once took care of you. This high call to duty is a testament to love, compassion, and responsibility to loved ones.


But, it can also be challenging; financially, emotionally, and sometimes even physically if basic hygiene and mobility issues are present.


When planning for your parents’ needs and what is feasible for you to offer, it sometimes necessitates some serious decisions that will benefit your parents without putting your own finances and future at risk.


In some cases, personal care by a home care professional or nurse may be covered by insurance or Medicaid/Medicare. Look into all of the options and where you might be able to get the support and assistance of a professional.


It is also a good idea to enlist the expertise of a lawyer who specializes in elder care, which can help prevent an unnecessary drain on your own and your parents’ assets and savings.


And, remember: It is important to take care of yourself when caring for a family member or members. Having professional support and backup from friends and family can help prevent emotional burnout.


When A Parent Is Grieving

Although most of us have a natural desire to provide comfort to a grieving loved one, when the loved one is your parent it can be a more complex process. You, too, will also be grieving, and will need to take the time to go through this process.


If your parent is also in your home, you may wish to encourage outside supports. These might include enlisting the counsel and compassion of a minister or other clergyman, therapist, or support group for the recently widowed.


Miller Funeral Home & Cremation Services offers online Grief Support resources for those who have suffered a recent loss.


Navigating Difficult Decisions

Along with the basic care decisions to be made, many families are placed in the uncomfortable position to make decisions that relate to end of life care.


These decisions might include developing a will, selling the family home, or designating critical decisions to an elected family member as Power of Attorney.


Because we have the ability to plan our retirement through end of life care, we are better positioned to elect to pre-plan your family’s funeral needs. Navigating so many of these challenging decisions may be an emotional time for family members.


To discuss funeral pre-planning, our team offers compassionate, informed consultation that will provide peace of mind and the very best care.


Please contact us with your questions or to schedule a consultation.

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