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February 19, 2021

Caring for an Aging Family Member

Caring for an aging loved one can be both a gift and a challenge. Few of us feel fully comfortable stepping into the role of caregiver — especially when called unexpectedly. Taking some steps ahead of time can make it easier.

The best course of action is often the simplest: Start the conversation around eldercare sooner than later. It will help your family consider the financial, emotional, and legal details well before they may be needed in the future.

To help prepare your family for eldercare, take this small step.

Small Step: Ready Yourself for the Conversation

  • First, familiarize yourself with the landscape of topics to consider regarding a loved one’s wishes for the future by reading this short “Caring for an Aging Parent” article.

    Read Article
  • Next, download the corresponding checklist to help you compile care preferences and a personal data record for your loved one during your conversation.

    Download Checklist

Motivated to do more?

Find inspiration from Deacon Tammy Devine:

If you have an ELCA retirement plan account from your (or a family member’s) service in an ELCA congregation, synod, or ministry:

If you have ELCA-Primary health benefits with Portico:

  • Complete the new Eldercare course in Being to get an insider’s view of caregiving, learn strategies for navigating difficult times, and find out why self-care is essential for caregivers.

Portico Benefit Services does not provide legal advice. We provide members with certain written information of general application in order to help you understand the way in which we administer our plans. For legal questions or advice specific to you, you should consult with your own legal advisor.

This material and any opinions are for educational purposes only. Information presented shall not be construed as offering or disseminating specific financial, retirement, asset protection, tax, or legal advice.