As parents grow older, they face challenges that their adult children may not know how to address. The children may support their parents’ desire to continue living independently, but have concerns about their safety and well-being. One way to help resolve these conflicting emotions, and determine if the parents need assistance, is through an assessment. See what this assessment implies.
Elinor Ginzler, AARP’s Director of Livable Communities, provides tips and guidance on how to do an assessment, as well as on how to evaluate your loved ones’ legal and financial needs. Watch the Video: Assessing the Situation.
If you’re doing an assessment on your own, use the following list as a guide. Gently explore as many of these areas as you can to get a full picture of your loved one’s life. Assessment checklist.
If you are in the predicament of starting to take care of a loved one, check the 8 rules for new caregivers.