When Your Aging Parents Are Far Away The Care Doesn't Have To Be
(NAPSI)-Caring for aging parents may be easier and a lot less
traumatic than you think with advice from the experts. Here are some tips from Denise
Talbot-White, Gerontology Specialist at the Mature Market Institute at MetLife, on what to
do when your parents need care and they're far away:
Before the need arises, it's a good idea to talk with
your parents. Make suggestions but avoid dictating.
Know your parent's health history, current medications
and names of doctors and hospitals.
Know where the important legal papers are located. Ask
if they have a will, a living will and a durable power of attorney. Know their attorney's
name and phone number.
Do they have long-term care insurance? Where is the
policy located? What does it cover?
Do they have the financial resources to obtain in-home
care or nursing home care, should the need arise?
Learn what resources may be available. Align with
local support systems before problems arise. The town senior center may be one source of
Visit assisted living and nursing home facilities in
your parents' area and in your area, should it become necessary to move your parents.
Depending on the situation, you may find it
appropriate to apply for a facility and place your parents on a waiting list.
You may want to consider obtaining a geriatric care
manager. Retaining a care manager does not imply a lack of compassion-having to manage
work, home and family is difficult for all caregivers.
For a fee, care managers help to ensure that all facets of a
loved one' s care are addressed. Contact the National Association of Professional
Geriatric Care Managers for a list of qualified mangers, at 520-881-8008.
Call the Eldercare Locator at 800-677-1116, 9am to 8pm
ET. They will provide you with the phone numbers for your state's Department on Aging and
your local area agency on aging.
National organizations-AARP offers a large variety of
resources and information online at www.aarp.org or phone 800-424-3410.
Homecare agencies-the National Association for Home
Care can assist with location of homecare agencies in your parents' area. Find them on the
Web at www.nahc.org or call 202-547-7424.
You can never be 100 percent prepared for any caregiving
situation but organizing and researching eldercare information and resources prior to the
situation will give you peace of mind.
The MetLife Mature Market Institute, and the National Alliance for Caregiving, have
compiled a publication, "Resources for Caregivers." Single copies are available
free of charge by calling 203-221-6580 or E-mail to MMIĞMetLife@metlife.com.
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