When you notice your parents are showing signs of aging, you need to decide on the best course of action to provide guidance and help. Even if they have their mental faculties are in tack and they are mobile, it’s still recommended to have a plan in place to ensure that they are given the best care possible. This is an example of how to care for your aging parents.
1. Review their estate plan
Estate-planning helps to ensure that your parents’ requests will be fulfilled when they pass. It might be difficult to reconcile the idea of your parents passing away, but you need to suggest that they plan their estate so their wishes can be fulfilled. Hire an attorney who specializes in estate law and elder law to work on drafting wills that make certain their wishes are fulfilled. This is something that should not be delayed since life is so uncertain.
2. Decide on a power of attorney
If your parents become ill or incapacitated in a way that prevents them from presenting their own wishes, they need to decide on who will be granted power of attorney. That power could go to you, one of your siblings, or another relative or friend. Whoever is granted power of attorney should be willing to accept the responsibility of the position. If you trust yourself to make decisions on your parents’ behalf, then you should consider accepting the responsibility.
3. Find them quality living
Independent living can be more difficult for your parents as they get older. However, that doesn’t mean they have to be forced to accept substandard living conditions. There are excellent assisted and independent living facilities throughout the U.S. Look for one that will suit your parents’ needs and allow them to enjoy healthy socializing.
4. Help them stay healthy
Just because your parents are aging, doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy a good quality of life. Thanks to advancements in our understanding of medicine, someone who is in their 80s or 90s and even 100s can still enjoy a pleasurable and rewarding life. To help them stay healthy, you should be taking them to the doctor at least once a year for a physical, and at any instance when they feel unwell. You should also help them to keep up with their dietary and medical needs, such as taking prescriptions.
5. Hire an Elder Law attorney like Mindy Felinton
As your parents age, you want to guarantee the best living situation possible for them and that their wishes are fulfilled. With Mindy’s over 35 years of experience, you can trust that your parents will be taken care of when working with Mindy.
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