Every family differs in its approach to caring for aging relatives.
Many families look to themselves to provide long term care as their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles (etc.) age. Indeed, according to statistics from the U.S. government’s Administration on Aging, “families are the major provider of long-term care, but research has shown that caregiving exacts a heavy emotional, physical, and financial toll.” Caregivers have to juggle conflicting responsibilities and can experience a great deal of stress. It is reported that nearly half of all caregivers are over the age of 50, “making them more vulnerable to a decline in their own health,” with up to one-third describing themselves as being in fair to poor health.
In light of these, and other, difficulties, it is the unfortunate reality that some families cannot provide long term care for an elderly relative themselves, possibly leaving the relative in a vulnerable or risky position. Therefore, before family members reach the point of needing long term care or assistance, they should take steps to proactively plan and protect themselves.
If you or someone you know anticipates caring for an elderly or otherwise vulnerable adult, these tips from the Arizona Attorney General (via AARP) may be helpful to pass along. These tips are intended to help prevent abuse or exploitation of those relying on advanced long term care.
First, remember that “ that no one, at any age, should be the victim of violent, abusive, humiliating, or neglectful behavior.” A few of the “dos” and “don’ts” include the following: [Read more...]