About The Survival Guide Toolkit
Caring for an aging parent is an enormous undertaking, even in the best of circumstances. Astonishingly, adult children often spend more years caring for a parent than they do raising their own children! Taking care of a frail parent can easily require more than 25 hours per week. The direct impact on a family’s finances, lifestyle and jobs can be catastrophic, particularly if these responsibilities occur unexpectedly. This is often the case when a sudden illness or an accidental slip or fall occurs, creating a care giving crisis. Of course, advance planning can greatly ease the burden on the entire family, even in a crisis. Yet most families don’t plan ahead and adult children often find themselves utterly unprepared to assume the responsibilities of care giving.
The Survival Guide Toolkit is used to record important addresses and phone numbers along with financial and legal information. While completing the records and forms can seem like a massive undertaking, you’ll find that if you compile the data in small increments, or delegate some of the data collection tasks to your parents or other family members, the process will be much less intimidating.