Being a family caregiver for an aging loved one can be overwhelming and lonely if you’re going through it alone. It’s important to have a team around you that can make sure you’re prepared and supported through this ever-changing journey. Here are 4 essential pillars that you need in your corner:
1 – Support Group/Individual
We can’t stress enough how important a support group or individual is to the Caregiver’s journey. This could be online, on the phone, or an in-person group, but could also be in the form of a therapist that you see one-on-one if a group setting isn’t your thing. It’s critical to have access to supportive, unbiased insight. Caregivers should be able to vent in a safe place, and also hear from others who are navigating similar waters to feel less alone. You can’t pour from an empty cup. Having a support group or individual in place will make you a better caregiver.
2 – Elder Care Lawyer
Things can change in an instant, and it’s important to be proactive about getting your loved one’s legal documents settled early on to avoid crisis and confusion. An Elder Care Lawyer can help you solidify a living will, Power of Attorney, healthcare advanced directives, estate planning, Trusts, Guardianship, and Medicaid planning among many other services. Many will provide free consultations to discuss your unique situation and how they can help you.
3 – Financial Advisor
Finances are at the foundation of every long-term care plan. You need to know your options and what they cost to make sure they are sustainable long term. It’s never too early to pull in a financial advisor to give you the insight to make sure you are set up for success.
4 – Sunways Senior Living Concierge
Understanding and comparing your care options can be a very overwhelming process. Whether it’s in-home care or deciding on a senior living community, you need an advocate that will cut out the fluff and make sure you’re making the right decisions. That’s where Sunways comes in. We’re a free concierge service to understand your unique situation and make recommendations of services and/or communities that match what you need.
Even if it’s not time for care services or a move just yet, let’s chat to make sure you know your options, pros/cons, and costs so you’re ready if/when things change. To see how we can help, go to our home page (www.sunwaysseniorliving.com) and schedule a discovery call with us.
Knowledge is power and having a support team is imperative for every family Caregiver. We’ve found that the #1 reason why a crisis occurs for Seniors is lack of preparation and information. Set yourself up for success!
To make it even easier on yourself, the team at Chelsea Place Senior Care has brought together ALL of the resources and information you need at the Senior Care Conference Relaunch on Saturday, June 12, 2021, at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center from 8 am-5 pm! It’s FREE and will be a one-stop shop all about creating your team, care planning, and choosing the right providers. For more details: https://seniorsource.com/