By Terry Orr
This is an annual commemoration and celebration of the dedication, patience and caring of adults who are part of the sandwich generation – those caring for their children as well as their own aging parents.
The annual recognition of Sandwich Generation Month is every July, with organizations and communities throughout the United States holding events to raise awareness of and provide support for members of the sandwich generation. This time can be very stressful for those who are part of it. Every day presents new challenges for the Sandwich Generation and these people work very hard to ensure the safety and care of their loved ones.
Steve Worrall recommends the following steps:
Determine How You’ll Pay for Long-Term Care - Nursing home and assisted living facilities can cost up to $8,000 a month and Medicare will not pick up the tab.
Get The Legal Authority Now to Manage Their Affairs and Maintain Control - If your parents do not have powers of attorney or health care directives that allow you to communicate with doctors, access medical records and manage their financial affairs, it’s a good idea to create them now while mom or dad is still in good health.
Document Their End-of-Life Wishes - Thousands of families each year are torn apart trying to decide what their loved one “would have wanted” in serious medical situations.
Get Organized to Avoid Last Minute Scrambling - Gather your parent’s important information now to avoid any confusion and delays in the event of a medical emergency. Important documents to collect include insurance information, front and back of all ID cards including driver’s license, prescription cards and military ID cards, prior medical history, names and numbers of doctors, copies of their living will, health care directives and a list of current medication and doses.
(Written by Attorney Steve Worrall. For a copy of his Guide, “Surviving the ‘Sandwiched’ Years: How to Protect Your Parent’s Assets, Honor Their Wishes & Provide Long-Term Care . . . Without Losing Money – Or Your Mind!”, please visit www.GeorgiaSandwichGeneration.com.)