Providing Senior Care in the Non-Traditional Family

Providing Senior Care in the Non-Traditional Family

Caring for a senior in a non-traditional family can be complicated, but it also represents an opportunity for single parents and blended families.

Both the senior population and non-traditional families are on the rise. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030, nearly 70 million people will be over the age of 65. At the same time, the number of households that fall into the “non-traditional” family category has increased 23 percent since 1990 from 27.4 million to 33.7 million. When the two trends intersect in the same family, effective management of senior care issues is important as well as rewarding.

The communication of expectations is the key to managing senior care in a non-traditional family. When family members know their roles and responsibilities, providing care to a senior can be easily accomplished.

Single parents who care for a loved one can enlist the help of older children or an in-home care provider such as Right at Home, to assist a senior with shopping, laundry and medication reminders. Also, having younger children read to or with a senior can occupy both children and seniors.

In a blended family, caring for a senior can be a great way for step-children to get to know their new grandparent. Seniors may feel confused about their role as a step-grandparent, but an emphasis on communication is the key in any blended family, specifically those who care for seniors.

Any home that cares for a senior should make it a family affair. Non-traditional families are no exception. There are opportunities for all family members to get involved.

Source:  Right at Home Managing Director
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