According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, there are 66 million unpaid family caregivers in the US. However, many adult children are not capable of becoming a full-time or even part-time caregiver for aging parents due to distance, career or health reason. Many family members struggle with guilt if they cannot provide the primary care for their parents.
As discussed in a Forbes article titled: “What To Do When Being The Caregiver Is Not An Option”, it is important not to neglect your own health for the sake of your parents. If it is not practical for you to juggle caregiving and other responsibilities, both you and your parents will be much better off if you explore other options. You want your parents to receive the best possible care and in some circumstances, this may be through home health care or in an assisted living facility.
Even if becoming a primary caregiver is not practical, there are still many ways to ensure that parents are well cared for. Below is a list of free resources that can help you begin to find the best possible care for your parents:
- Hometeamcare.com – this site can help you find in-home caregivers.
- Medicare.gov – check out their nursing home compare section which is designed to help you find the best long-term care services.
- Aplaceformom.com – this site will connect you with local senior care options.
- Local senior center – it may have helpful referral sources or other information.
- Local Area Agency on Aging – another available resource.