According to a survey by the AARP, more than 42 million Americans provide family caregiving for an adult who needs help with their daily living activities . . . with an additional 61.6 million receiving at least some care during the year. Sadly, many of the people living with this reality are unprepared to become caregivers and don’t know where to turn for information and assistance.
Perhaps the most important thing to start with is obtaining advance care directives for your parent(s). These advance care directives enable your parents to appoint someone they trust to handle their finances and medical decisions when they are no longer able to do so. Once these are put in place, the appointees then need to go about obtaining information so as to be able to make informed financial and/or medical decisions on behalf of your parents.
To learn more about how to begin tackling your caregiver duties, go here.