Deciding what type of senior care is best — an independent living apartment, a home care arrangement, a transition to assisted living — isn’t easy, but things get really complicated with two people in the equation, especially when both have their own care needs and preferences. In these scenarios, families may face a tough battle.
This AARP post references a Fidelity Investments study indicating “62% of married couples disagree on the timing of their respective retirements.” But when all things are considered (financial stability, job satisfaction, age, marital happiness), the where is not as much of an issue as the when. The timing on a senior care decision is trickiest, and since many decisions are made with the input of several family members, couples may find themselves stuck in the middle.
If your family is in the midst of a decision about where Mom and Dad should move, or when they should start receiving home care services, the following blog posts may be helpful:
- When Holy Matrimony and Senior Care Decisions Collide
- Couples: When Is It Time for Senior Living?
- Balancing Act: When Your Spouse Needs Support
Also, check out our Elder Care Planning Resource Guide for a comprehensive look at the decision-making process.