|The Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Aging Parents
A friend relayed a story that is one I hear all too often when it comes for caring for aging parents. Her friend, I’ll call him Bob to protect his identity, has an aging father who is still living at home. Bob’s father has some dementia and some other ailments. He sometimes forgets to take his medicine and often forgets to feed himself. On good days Bob’s father is mostly okay by himself at night after he goes to bed, but he’s getting to where he really needs round-the-clock care.
Bob has three siblings and for the past three years they have been rotating taking care of their dad. Bob has shifts after work twice a week and during the day on Saturday. He also rotates some additional shifts. All the siblings have pitched in to pay for upkeep on the house and added things to make the house safer for their dad.
This is hard on Bob as he also has two small children and a wife at home. In fact, all of the siblings are growing weary and Bob’s father’s health is declining. Bob and his siblings know it is past time to sell his father’s house and move him to a facility, but they aren’t sure how their dad will take it or which facility is right and they worry about whether or not their dad’s money will last.
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