You love your parents and want to care for them in their old age, but you also have to consider focusing on your job, family and your own life. That’s why many people seek guardianship for their elderly parents.
When you realize your parents need a guardian you may have different views about who to pick. Almost anyone can take on a guardianship role, but you want the right person who’s fit for the job and can care for your parents with the same compassion you would provide. Here’s what you may consider when designating a guardianship over your parents:
They can be responsible for paying bills
Your parents’ focus may not be what it once was, which may be causing issues with paying bills on time. You may need someone who can step in and make sure your parents are taking their pills, attending doctor visits, eating every day and cleaning themselves. This can seem like a lot of work for one person, but the right person may be able to do all of this and more.
They care for your parents’ feelings
Your parents’ may need more physical help or emotional support as they grow older. The right guardian should be able to provide a compassionate role that can support their needs. A guardian who rushes or makes people uncomfortable may do your parents more harm than good.
They are patient around your parents
Your parents may not want as much help as you think they need. Some elders can turn combative when adjusting to their limits. Their guardian may need to understand that it’ll be some time before they can really help your parents with what they need.
If you’re searching for a guardian for your parents, you really need to know your legal options.