As we are growing up we rely on our parents to take care of us, and once we reach adulthood we still rely on them for advice. And of course some adults have gone to their parents for financial support over the years.
Given this dynamic it can be difficult to come to the realization that your parents may need you more than you need them at some point in time. This can be exacerbated by the fact that your parent or parents may not want to accept the changing dynamic.
In spite of the challenges that may present themselves it is indeed important to evaluate the living needs of your parents as they are getting older. The fact is that most senior citizens do eventually need assistance with their day-to-day needs, so this is something to expect.
Under the best of circumstances your parent or parents will be completely forthcoming with you about any needs that may exist. Short of this you can detect telltale signs with regard to the condition of the home and the way that your parents are presenting themselves.
If living assistance is required you have a number of different options. Full-time residence in a nursing home or assisted living community is one of them, but you could also choose in-home care as an alternative.
In many cases family members will step in to provide care that is needed, but one can also engage the services of a home health care aid or professional homemaker.
When it comes to financing living assistance inside or outside of the home Medicaid can be an option. If you’re interested in learning about the program in detail simply take a moment to set up a consultation with a good Hartford elder law attorney.