Downsizing from your home after raising a family can be a stressful experience. Proper planning, gathering of advice, and correctly evaluating stuff are all important things in making sure your downsizing goes as smooth as silk.
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No one ever wants to consider this, but our parents are not as invincible as we thought they were when we were 5. They may be our superheroes, but they are not as full proof as the cape-clad beings we used to look up to when we were younger. What we are trying to say here is that our parents will need long term care in the future, whether we acknowledge it now or later.
As so many find these expenses too expensive to pay out of pocket, they have resorted to coverage like long term care insurance. Unlike Medicare, Medicaid, and health insurance policies, this type of policy specifically works to reduce the weight of costs. Once the care requirements kick in, it acts as the barrier that keeps the policyholder’s assets and savings intact, as well as those of his or her loved ones.
Ten years ago, before founding Harmony Home Care, we noticed that my parents begining to withdraw more and more. My father's driving habits were getting very bad. They both skipped medications, quit preparing meals opting instead for lot's of easy to eat processed foods and sugary snacks. At the time we were both busy in other careers and raising a family. We sensed something was wrong but disregarded these warning signs as just what happens when people get older. Finally after many hospitalizations, we realized we had to do something. We had made the all too common mistake of waiting too long to get my parents the in-home support they needed. Now the only choice we had left was to move them both into a nursing home. If we had brought in home care sooner, they would have had many more years to flourish at home.
If you're reading this, you're probably feeling very stressed out. Mom or dad aren't doing well and it's obvious that you need to step in. Perhaps they’ve fallen lately, or maybe they’re not eating or drinking properly, maybe forgetting their medications; whatever the reason that is causing you pain, it's more than you can handle.
Harmony Home Care owners Patrick Philbrick and Jennifer Jarrett were recently interviewed on Legacy Planning Radio by Attorney Justin Gilbert. In this audio recording they discuss options for getting help at home with an aging loved one, costs, financing options, Veterans’ benefits, and some of the distinctions that make Harmony unique.
Topics: Elder Care Options
This week we had the enlightening experience to visit with Elder Law attorney Nancy Milton of Progress Mediation in Elk Grove. The service is run by Nancy and her Partner Dominic Vessigault. Progress Mediation has been serving our community for 9 years now. Nancy has been a mediator since 1991, having earned her law degree in 1994 at McGeorge School of Lax.