“To Do” List for Families of the Elderly

  • Discuss with my parents their wishes if they are no longer able to live independently.
  • Understand that the cost of a skilled nursing facility may exhaust my parents’ savings in a relatively short time period.
  • Explore the possibility of nursing home insurance.
  • Review my parents’ Medicare supplement policy to see if it meets the necessary coverage and understand what the policy does and does not cover.
  • Investigate retirement and nursing home options in my area.
  • Learn if my parents have wills, trusts, and powers of attorney in place to accomplish their goal to avoid a costly probate proceeding.
  • Learn where my parents keep their powers of attorney and Living Wills
  • Be fully aware of support groups for families in similar situations.