Today, 30 million households are providing care for an adult over the age of 50-and that number is expected to double over the next 25 years. If you have not yet begun to discuss a caregiving plan with your family, it’s not too late. It doesn’t matter who starts the conversation. What really matters is that every family has the opportunity to talk about and create a caregiving plan for their loved ones based on the needs and wishes of those who will be receiving the care.
The AARP Foundation’s Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families, Each of the following five steps available for download below in PDF format (requires free Adobe Reader), includes information on how to get started, questions to ask and where to find basic resources. It also includes forms that you and your caregiving team can fill out and keep on file, so that you will have all the pertinent information about your loved one and his/her financial affairs, health needs, household matters, and more in one place. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t answer every question or fill in every blank. The important thing is to start the conversation in a way that works for you and your family.
The comprehensive guide is divided into five steps:
Step 1: Prepare to Talk
Step 2: Form Your Team
Step 3: Assess Needs
Step 4: Make a Plan
Step 5: Take Action