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Priscilla Lee

Caring for Your Aging Parents

By priscillalee | August 2, 2015 | 0 Comment

No one loves your parents like you do and no one will better understand their needs than you. When it comes to caring for aging parents, it may seem like a daunting task. It will involve a lot of decision-making processes and finding out various options that you have. It can be frustrating, emotionally tiring and scary not just for you, but for your parents as well, especially if you have a family of your own and a career to manage.

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Here is how you can plan to ensure that caring for your aging parents will become more manageable –

  • Prepare yourself and everyone around you and seek support from them. It is important for your partner and your children to know about your decision and be aware of the demand that the new setting will place on you and your family. You need to talk to your parents about what they want and how they want to spend their life. It is important to keep the lines of communication open and build trust.

 

  • Another difficult decision would be to decide whether your parents would be better at an assisted care facility or at home. No matter what you choose, there will a number of factors that needs to be considered. From financial implications, your personal life and to your parent’s wishes, everything needs to be taken into account. It is important to sit and talk about these before making the final decision.

 

  • Based on the decision being taken, you will need to adjust and monitor your own financial plan accordingly to prepare for your own retirement. It is important to have a long-term plan and savings plan for yourself even when there are unexpected expenses and emotions involved.

Caring for your aging parents is a rewarding experience that you will not regret and no amount of money will be able to match the time you are able to spend with your aging parents. By carefully maintaining your career and adjusting your finances, you can maintain a sense of peace for yourself and your family as well.

 

For Singaporeans, you can tap into the government initiated resources to find out more about what nursing homes, day care centres and rehabilitation centres there are in Singapore. Find out more information from Silverpages.sg for your elder care options. Alternatively, usually the Medical Social Workers in hospitals are able to advise you on such matters 🙂

 

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