Caring for a parent can be overwhelming. The good news is there are many resources available to you. There are many professional Geriatric care managers that have experience dealing with in-home care, assisted living facilities and nursing home care.
Getting Care in a Hospital, Nursing Home, at Home and with Hospice Medicare Part A helps pay for inpatient care in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. It also helps cover hospice care and some home health care. You must meet certain conditions to get these benefits. Medicare does not pay all of these costs. You, or separate insurance, must pay some of these costs, too.
Older adults may soon need to consider alternatives to how they live. But they may be reluctant to leave a long-time residence and give up some independence. Ultimately it's got to be their decisions. What you can do is help them review their options.
Competent care managers are able to find and hire needed help—home care workers, lawyers, nurses or even someone to mow the lawn. Many straighten out finances and kitchens. They may persuade clients that it's no longer safe for them to drive.
Like a growing number of Americans taking care of aging relatives from afar, McGuire responded to the situation by hiring a geriatric care manager, a relatively new type of professional who helps plan and organize care for disabled elderly people.
About 44 million Americans act as caregivers to their \spouse, parent or other adult family member or friend, a role that can be stressful— physically, emotionally and financially. Their quiet service as caregivers in their own homes is valued at a whopping $350 billion a year.