Talking with Family
A recent report (2005) by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP estimates that 21% of adults age 18 and older are providing unpaid care to another adult age 18 and older. The report states that the majority of these caregivers are female and that they are working full or part-time while providing an average of 21 hours per week of care. If your plan for the future involves reliance on family members to provide a portion of your care or to assist you in remaining as independent as possible, it is wise to begin a discussion with your family now.
What can you do?
- Utilize family gatherings, such as during the holiday season, to initiate conversations about future plans and wishes
- Seek out resources to help start or guide family conversations
- Keep the focus on identifying ways to maintain independence as long as possible
- Utilize AARP’s free online seminars, including Planning for the Care of Aging Parents by visiting http://www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/. Click on Talking about Independent Living for tips on beginning a family conversation.
- For a copy of AARP’s booklet, Family Conversations That Help Parents Stay Independent contact AARP at 866-389-5651.
- Contact your local Area Agency on Aging and request a consultation with a Care Manager, for individuals age 65 or older, to help determine current needs and identify possible community resources. For more information or to locate the Area Agency on Aging that serves a specific county, call the Nebraska State Unit on Aging at 800-942-7830 or http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/ags/agsindex.htm
Begin planning today for your future long-term care needs by ordering your FREE Own Your Future Tool Kit created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services visit http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/ags/ltcPlanning.htm or call 1-866-PLAN-LTC.