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Dealing with the Cost of Caring

Over 30 million Baby Boomers provide hours of assistance to elderly parents at no charge. The total amount of this uncompensated care by family caregivers is comparable to the entire Medicare budget. ?That is only part of the?cost to?a family that?cares for?a?senior; they often sacrifice their own lifestyles and activities to provide this care. When the time comes to?face the challenge of making a decision about elderly care, here are some tips to make the decision easier to deal with.

Begin the conversation. There is tremendous resistance to accepting the reality of aging and disability. Often the hardest problem is simply starting the conversation. Start gently: ?What thoughts and plans do you have about your golden years?? Listen first, and continue the conversation over time.

Create a plan. Talk with your parents about their plans if and when they are no longer able to care for themselves. Then, start to work toward that proactively. Investigate long-term care facilities and insurance. Draw up the appropriate legal documents. Find out who would make medical choices if they were not able to make them on their own, along with some guiding principles for the choices. Talk with your parents, help them face and think about the time when they are no longer able to care for themselves. Will they stay with you, remain at their home or go to a retirement home or community?

Whatever choice is made, Specialty Care Services can provide cost effective home care services, including Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) and Geriatric Nursing Assistants (GNA) that can lessen the burden of care giving and it?s costs. The objective is supporting the needs of both patients and family providing home care services for home nursing, retirement communities, hospitals and long term care facilities.

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