San Jose Elder Law Attorney Talks About Caregiving

Along with the increased number of the people in our society, the amount of caregivers in demand is expected to increase two-fold.

As people reach their mid-70s, nearly half will experience physical problems that will likely result in limited mobility or a decreased ability to care for themselves. They’re going to need help, but the challenging part is that there’s no job tougher or more demanding than that of a caregiver. Oftentimes, caregivers become emotionally or physically drained. The job of a caregiver can oftentimes result in anxiety, depression, loneliness or illness. This is true with professional caregivers as well as family member caregivers.

With a majority of California households requiring a second income, families often can’t take the time off to care for their parents. Because of this, it’s more than likely that most California families will need to hire someone from outside of the family. Usually, this will come in the form of an assisted living facility or in-home care. This can include anything from assistance with shopping and transportation to cooking meals, housekeeping or bathing.

Since a large number of households feel the weight of the responsibility of taking care of family members, it’s important to put a plan in place. The purpose of a plan is to help the “main” caregiver. Since caregivers are in danger of a breakdown when not given a break, family relationships are at stake. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for the process of caregiving to tear a family apart.

When families take the time to divide tasks into the categories of time, money, and labor — everyone can share the responsibility. Additionally, I recommend holding family meetings either in-person or by phone to discuss the condition of a loved-one or to re-negotiate the core responsibilities.

At The Law Offices of James A. Ward, we walk families through the process of caregiving. Our specialty is estate planning and Medi-Cal planning, and we help to establish asset protection plans both for a crisis situation and also long before any loved ones fall ill or are in need of care.

Don’t hesitate to call us today for a free assessment, 1-800-JIM-WARD.