The rising conflicts of long-term care


September 29, 2010

Norm Cohen, the executive director of the Coalition for Peace and Justice, recently discussed the problem of long-term care options in the Shore News Today. He said that he and his wife recently had to put his parents in a nursing home, which was neither a favorite nor affordable option.

However, Cohen claims that there are few other ways to care for parents with dementia or other chronic conditions, because adult children are often working too much to commit to caretaking responsibilities.

He says that the problem will only grow worse as baby boomers age. Assisted living homes are already exorbitantly expensive, costing as much as $7,000 to $10,000 a month. Cohen suggests that these prices, paired with the recession, will deal a severe blow to middle class families across the country.

Those looking to care for parents at home are generally left with very few options, particularly if the senior requires supervision. Cohen suggests a family home where multiple families come together to care for all of their aging parents.

Another cost-effective way to make sure a parent can age safely is to install a senior alert system in a home. This device allows older adults to instantly contact children or doctors in the case of an emergency.