If your parents are senior citizens, it might be time for you to take up the responsibility to plan for their long-term needs and care. These are the kind of decisions we often dismiss till the last minute and only take into consideration when there’s an emergency.

However, ideally, you should aim to plan out a system to take care of the needs of elderly loved ones in your life. According to statistics by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there will be more than 12 million senior citizens in need of elder care in 2020. It’s also important to note that this points to quality care, which appeals to overall wellness including physical health and wellbeing.

To do this you need to assess what their needs are going to be given their current social, physical and environmental conditions. These are a few tips to help you plan for your parents’ future and their long term care.

Where will they live?

This is an important factor that impacts the quality of care you will be able to provide your parents. Sometimes our elderly loved ones are hesitant to forego their independence and are unwilling to move out of their homes.

However, at times if you’re the primary caregiver and don’t live with them, it can be hard to supervise their health and wellbeing while being away. If you have space in your home, speak to your parents about moving them in.

Alternatively, you can also work out a schedule and ask for support from other siblings and relatives to monitor their health and pay regular visits.

What kind of care do they need?

Are your parents financially independent and how do they support themselves? This impacts their ability to be able to access the kind of care they need. Are they able to carry out basic household tasks such as maintenance, cooking and attending to personal needs etc.

If there have been recent accidents or events in their life which can cause them extra emotional and physical stress, it might be time to consider paying more regular visits to your family doctor for senior care.

Regular check-ins especially for seniors with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, heart disease and other debilitating conditions are very important.

Will they need assisted living?

This is a conversation that you need to have with your parents to inquire how they feel about moving into a senior care facility. Remember to approach this sensitive topic with caution and empathy given that your parents might be experiencing loneliness and a host of other emotions.

We can help you provide compassionate senior care including preventative care to the senior loved ones in your life in Sacramento. For more information about our senior care specialists, you can contact us!