Your parents helped you find your own path in life and now it’s time for you to take care of them. As much as you want to do everything you can for your aging parent, looking after them can be expensive. And we’re not only talking about paying for medications but also about paying experts who’ll keep an eye on them once they start needing even more care. That being said, it’s very important that you plan financially how to take care of your aging parent. And here’s advice on how to do that.
Come up with a plan
As mentioned above, taking care of your aging parent is going to be costly. In fact, the costs might even end up throwing you off balance in terms of finances. And the earlier you start working on your plan, the better. To get started, you should talk to your parent and see if they have any money on their savings account. Also, think about any real estate they own and figure out how much money they could get if they decided to sell it. Taking some money out of your savings account will also be necessary. In order to have better control of the money you use for taking care of your aging parent, you should put it in a separate bank account.
Deal with documentation
As your parent gets older, they probably won’t be able to take care of tasks that involve documentation. In order for this not to become an issue, you should make sure you’re legally allowed to make financial decisions for them. That way, you’ll be able to sell their items, vehicles or properties and get enough money to provide them with adequate care. This means you should have them create a power of attorney form which will allow you to act on their behalf. Another reason why you should do this is that it’ll save you some valuable time when it comes to obtaining money for medications or a specialized facility for them to stay in.
Look for specialized facilities
If you have a job and family, you probably won’t be able to look after your parent all the time. The best way to deal with this is to have them stay in a specialized facility where they’ll get all the care they need. Experts who work in these facilities are specialized in aged care and you’ll have absolutely nothing to worry about. In order to know how much this is going to cost you, you should start looking for specialized facilities even before you think your parent should stay in one of these. Ideally, you’ll be able to find a specialized facility close to you so that you can visit them as often as you want.
Talk to your parent
Chances are you’ve heard people say their aging parents got stubborn over time. This might just be the case with your parent as well and it’s important that you take time with them. Don’t rush them into making any decisions regarding finances and you’ll have nothing to worry about. On top of this, you should encourage them to tell you about any unpaid bills or debt they might have. Communicating with your aging parent is essential as it’ll help you come up with a better financial plan for taking care of them in the future. We recommend visiting them in person when discussing such important matters.
Taking care of an aging parent isn’t easy, especially when you have more things on your mind. Not only does it require a lot of time but it can get expensive as well. But if you start preparing finically on time, you’ll find this to be a lot easier than it may seem. And the less you have to worry about money, the more you’ll be able to spend time quality with your parent.