Your parent is getting on in age, but you don't have a clear idea if there is a plan in place for their care. It is a difficult topic to broach; no one wants to talk about death and the financial realities that come with aging. Instead of having a proactive conversation early in a parent's aging process most families have a reactive discussion under high levels of stress and emotions while their parent is experiencing an adverse health event. The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has reported that 85 percent of time long-term care decisions are made during a medical crisis. The message is clear, be proactive and start discussing the important financial questions with your parent.
Caring for an elderly loved one can be emotionally and financially exhausting no matter the circumstances. For those with loved ones with dementia, the costs of care can be even more taxing. From the financial costs of care and potential lost income to the emotional toll caring for someone with dementia can take, the journey is not an easy one.
If you think paying a mortgage seems expensive, compare it to the cost of a stay in a nursing home, the median price of which is $6,000. for a private institution. Ideally, everyone would have their own long-term care insurance to help shoulder the burden of these costs. But long-term care insurance is beyond the means of many Americans. Furthermore, the policies are becoming harder to find, as insurers drop such policies in the face of rising costs.