Often we cannot see the changes that signal our aging parent or relative needs help until a sudden illness or a accident thrusts the entire family into crisis. Advance planning can soften the financial and emotional impact of such a crisis.
Ask yourself if any of the following statements are true:
– I notice there are changes in how my aging relative thinks or acts.
– I worry my relative needs more help than I can provide.
– My relative’s physician has expressed concern about my parent living alone.
– My relative needs help arranging services or appointments.
– I want to be notified when I need to become involved in my relative’s care.
– I need information about the support services in my relative’s community.
– I want help in gathering information on how to manage my relative’s needs.
– My relative is in a dangerous or crisis situation, and I don’t have the resources to help.