Monday, June 20, 2011

Most Baby Boomers are Unprepared to Care For Aging Parents | The Intentional Caregiver

Yesterday, I was fortunate to be able to interview Mr. Jeff Huber, President of Home Instead Senior Care, the largest provider of in-home care services for seniors in the world and was the first company to offer franchise opportunities.

Most professionals involved with eldercare are aware that adult children are not prepared to care for their parents when they receive “that call” that throws them into the caregiving role.  But the Home Instead Senior Care network  wanted to learn more about that and so in conjunction with The Boomer Project, a study of 600 baby boomer aged adults was conducted. 

The results surprised me:

  • Less than 50% were knowledgeable about their parents’ medical history
  •  49% were unable to name any of their parents’ current medications
  • More than 30% did not know just how many medications their parent(s) was taking

Thank you Shelley for bringing attention to this critical topic. It is a phone call we will each be getting eventually. It is much better to be prepared.

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