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When we’re young, it’s hard to picture ourselves or our loved ones as older adults-especially older adults in need of care.
But many of us will need care as we age. Once we reach our 65th birthday, we have a 70% chance of needing some form of long-term care.
There’s also a good chance many of us will be in a caregiving role at some point.
In 2020, the AARP reported that one in six adults were caregivers for someone over 50.
Most are in roles as adult children caring for aging parents, but other elderly relatives, like grandparents or aunts and uncles, often need care too.
These statistics drive home the need to understand aging and care options.
Knowing what to expect means fewer last-minute crises and more control over how caregiving gets handled.
But, whether you plan or not, you might still be in unfamiliar territory when caring for elderly relatives.
Aging Family Care
Knowing what to do when a loved one needs care can be difficult. Many people find it challenging, especially if they unexpectedly fall into a caregiving role.
It can even become a financial burden in some cases.
Each caregiving scenario differs and depends on circumstances, resources, and personalities. Plus, it’s typical for aging relatives’ needs to change with time.
So what works now might be inadequate in a few months or years.
Yet, regardless of the situation, caregivers must address some common questions. For instance, living arrangements are a common concern.
- Should you care for your relative in their home?
- Should they move in with you?
- Would they do well in a retirement community
- Do they need assisted living services or nursing care?
The best way to answer these and other important questions is to do your due diligence.