14 October 2019

Family Burden of Aged Care

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By Michael Rambaldini

Director | Certified Financial Planner |Aged Care Professional

I regularly see the impact that providing care for the elderly has on the family. Often the burden is largely shouldered by the eldest daughter.

Is it because she has the closest relationship with the parent or is it that she understands the seriousness of the situation and is prepared to do whatever is necessary?

The responsibilities are many and include; care giver, driver, worker, organiser, mother, grandmother and communicating with the rest of the family.

All of these responsibilities are overwhelming and very demanding. They take a toll on the eldest daughter as she has sacrificed her life.

She has sacrificed her health, her family and her job.

Who does she turn to for advice?

I really encourage adult children to sit down with their parents to discuss aged care options as soon as possible. Seniors often are fiercely protective of their independence and even may refuse help.

Talk to each other. It’s vital to communicate if you are feeling overwhelmed with the stress of caring for a parent. If you’re struggling to cope, call a meeting with your siblings to discuss how they can assist and talk to a professional.

For more information and detailed advice on Aged Care and Retirement, please reach out to us so we can help. You can visit us at www.verante.com.au

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