Often the point at which the extended family realizes that their aging loved one needs help, the number of tasks that must be handled seems overwhelming. It’s kind of like opening up the closet of a hoarder that is packed to the brim. As soon as you pull out one thing, it reveals a whole other pile right behind it.
Over the last two years, I’ve tackled many of the most common (and daunting) categories of tasks. Below are links to some of the most popular articles.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
That said, many hands make light work. I highly suggest you set up a family meeting or conference call if you live in different areas. (FreeConferenceCall.com is a free, easy-to-use method.) As you try to divide the workload, keep in mind that different people are good at different things. If one adult daughter who lives close to mom has been carrying the bulk of the day-to-day work, then perhaps the sibling living at a distance can handle the finances, medical bills and legal documents. Or maybe they can come in to move mom if residential care is needed.
- Services that can help seniors in the Triangle age in place
- Top ten features of Aging-in-place homes
- What legal documents does mom need in place?
- Tools to help with wandering for those with memory issues
- Steps to reduce junk mail, email and sales calls
- How to use Go Go Grandparent transportation service when a parent stops driving
- How to get a handicap parking permit
- What documents to gather for a fast move into Memory Care or Assisted Living
- Medicare and moving across state lines
- Important steps to take after a spouse dies