Chaos is a state of utter confusion. Chaos happens when there is no clear plan to follow, and no one person has the authority to take action. Many families face the confusion of not knowing what to do when a parent requires long-term health care with no plan ever put in place ahead of time.
Unfortunately, not everyone owns a Long-Term Care Insurance policy. A conversation about long-term care is often lacking. Once Mom or Dad needs extended care, the responsibility of 'what to do next' will fall on the children.
Now the family faces a crisis. A crisis can quickly turn into chaos. Chaos can turn family members against each other. The result isn't good for the person needing care and the family.
Author Carol Bradley Bursack writes in an article published on AgingCare about what happens when some siblings are more concerned about their inheritance than about the quality of care for Mom or Dad.
There are the typical statements that family members make:
- "We don't want strangers taking care of Mom!"
- "We promised Dad he would never have to go to a nursing home!"
- "If you really love Mom and Dad, you should be able to keep caring for them at home!"
Everyone has an opinion, yet not everyone wants to help. The reality is not everyone has the ability to help, much less the skills to be a caregiver. The role of a family caregiver is challenging and is both physically and emotionally demanding. Attempting to balance careers and families with the role of being a caregiver is difficult at best.
Lack of Funding Places Stress on Family
When there is no outside source of funding, like Long-Term Care Insurance, the family must decide how to spend Mom or Dad's assets to pay for care. The cost of care becomes a consideration. Some family members may want to 'cut corners' to save the estate.
Some siblings may find others are being greedy. Others expect a sister who might be a stay-at-home mom, for example, to provide the care because "they don't have a job".
Disagreements. Chaos. Crisis.
How do you deal with this problem if you are already in it? Bursack outlines some ideas in her article.
This problem should give you pause to think about how you can avoid this problem decades from now when your health and body start changing and you need help with daily activities. Have you developed a plan to avoid placing your family in a similar crisis?
First, don't wait until you get older to start thinking about the problem. It is best to start planning before you retire, ideally in your 40s or 50s.
Second, have a conversation. Discuss the problem. Couples should discuss their concerns with each other. Talk to your children but do not accept a response, "don't worry, we will take care of you". Your children have no clue what that really means and the consequences caregiving will have on them.
Third, speak with a qualified and experienced Long-Term Care Insurance specialist. They can help you determine the best strategy to protect income and assets from the costs and burdens of aging.
Seek Professional Guidance
A specialist will provide you with options that can include traditional Long-Term Care Insurance, which can be partnership certified with additional asset protection. Other options include asset-based "hybrid" policies that combine life insurance or annuities with Long-Term Care Insurance.
Be careful; general insurance agents and financial advisors may recommend expensive plans that don't really effectively address the problem.
The right plan will not only safeguard your estate and maintain your lifestyle and legacy but will give your family the time to be family. Your children will see a plan, and they can focus on being family and not fight with each other.
LTC NEWS offers many resources to help you in your research - just click here. Do not ignore the problem. Be proactive and give your family peace-of-mind.
It is not easy being a caregiver for a loved one. A caregiver's role is very stressful and demanding, no matter if it is a spouse or a parent. Can you imagine your daughter, for example, helping you in the shower, helping you use the toilet, or just getting dressed?
When you own an affordable Long-Term Care Insurance policy, you give your family a plan and the gift of time. Instead of being your caregiver, they remain your loved one. Professionals can provide care, but only family can give love.
Yes, long-term care costs drain assets and change lifestyles. Yes, long-term care is a cash flow issue. It is a significant cash flow problem. However, long-term care is also a family problem. Affordable Long-Term Care Insurance addresses both family and finances.
LTC NEWS Offers Resources to Help You Plan
LTC NEWS offers multiple tools and resources to help you research the financial costs and burdens of aging so you can find an affordable solution.
Find all the resources on LTC NEWS by clicking here.
Advertising and Marketing Opportunities on LTC NEWS
Reach an educated audience. Readers of LTC NEWS are researching retirement issues, including aging, health, caregiving, and long-term care.
Other readers seek information for a parent or other loved one who is experiencing declining health or aging issues and require extended care.
Many marketing opportunities are available, including sponsored content articles. Sponsored content offers you a long-form way to sell yourself, your company, and your ideas. You can even improve your SEO.
Learn more about how LTC NEWS can help you market your business - click here.
Get Published on LTC NEWS
Write a story for publication on LTC NEWS and let America hear what you have to say. Be sure your article fits the LTC NEWS target audience of adults 40-70. Email your story idea or article: firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
In your article, you can promote yourself, your business, and your website or blog. It article must have editorial content exclusive for LTC NEWS and cannot be just an advertisement. It can include links to other sites, and you can share the article link once published on your website or social media.