Caring for a Loved One

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Caring for a Loved One

Most of us reach a point in life when our independence weakens. There's no shame in needing some help. Caring for a loved one can add stress and is a big responsibility. We’re here to help lighten the load.

Here are some things to remember when assuming responsibility for the well-being of a loved one.

Open the Lines of Communication

Talk with other family members about how you will care for your loved one. The key is having the conversation now, rather than crisis management later.

Discuss Big Topics at an Early Age

Living wills, retirement communities, end of life care. Discuss these topics when your loved one is still functional -- meaning he or she in is in good mental and physical health.

Support Comes in Many Shapes and Sizes

If one person is chosen to be the primary caregiver for a parent, the siblings should think about how they can provide indirect support, whether it’s by pitching in with paperwork, finance management or other areas.