Is it time to talk to your parent about assisted living?

Most adult children in Georgia and beyond are willing to provide whatever support they can for their aging parents. What the “big picture” of this support might look like is unique in every household. For some, it means stopping by once a week to mow the lawn, drive mom or dad to his or her eye doctor appointment, or make a run to the grocery store. For others, however, much more daily living support is needed; in fact, many adult children are currently in situations where they see signs that their parents might need to transition to assisted living.

It can be quite a delicate topic. There’s a fine line between preserving an aging parent’s integrity and trying to convince him or her that the time has come to make some lifestyle changes. This is particularly true if a son or daughter sees a need but the parent either doesn’t recognize it or is living in denial.

If a caregiver notices certain signs, it definitely warrants broaching the topic of transitioning out of an independent lifestyle. Such signs might include an inability to provide for an aging parent’s physical needs. If dementia has set in and a parent has become physically, verbally or sexually aggressive, it might be best to consider an assisted living arrangement.

If the adult child in question has burned out or is suffering high levels of stress that are interfering with his or her daily life, it is also a sign that living conditions need to be changed. Assisted living arrangements are often part of an elder’s long-term care plans. A long-term care planning attorney can be a great asset to Georgia families in need of guidance and support.

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Kevin Tharpe

With 25 years of experience, Kevin understands how estate planning, special needs planning, and government benefits programs work together. This is a crucial element of a thorough plan. He explains your eligibility for benefits programs and ensures that you do not make costly mistakes that may disqualify you or deplete your assets.

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