How to Parent Your Parent – When Roles Are Reversed

By Roz Jones

Caring for an aging parent can be a rewarding experience, but it can also be a challenging one. If you find yourself in the role of caregiver, you may feel like you’re parenting your patent. While this arrangement may not be ideal, there are ways to make the best of it. With a little patience and understanding, you can develop a good relationship with your parent and provide them with the care they need. 

Role Reversal Can Be Difficult

It’s not easy to see your parent as someone who needs your help. After all, they’ve been taking care of you for most of your life. But as they age, it’s likely that their health will decline and they’ll need assistance with activities of daily living. This role reversal can be difficult to adjust to, but it’s important to remember that your parent is still the same person they’ve always been. They just need a little extra help now. 

Try to Have Patience

It’s normal to feel frustrated when caring for an aging parent. After all, they may not be able to do things the way they used to and there may be resistance to your help. It’s important to try to have patience and understand that your parent is going through a lot of changes. They may be dealing with declining health, retirement, and other life transitions. All of these changes can be stressful, so try to be understanding. 

Communication Is Key

Good communication is essential when caring for an aging parent. You’ll need to talk about their care needs, budget concerns, and other important topics. These conversations can be difficult, but it’s important to approach them in a respectful way. Try to avoid speaking in absolutes or using ultimatums. Instead, focus on finding a solution that works for both of you. 

Caring for an aging parent can be difficult, but it’s important to remember that your parent is still the same person they’ve always been. They just need a little extra help now. Try to have patience and communicate in a respectful way, and you’ll be able to develop a good relationship with your parent and provide them with the care they need.


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2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregivers’ experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

Determining if Your Loved One Qualifies for Medicare

By Roz Jones

Many seniors qualify for Original Medicare (Parts A and B), which is a government health insurance program. Eligibility for Original Medicare is based on several factors, including age, citizenship, residency, and work history. Here’s a breakdown of each factor to help you determine whether your loved one qualifies. 

Age

The eligibility age for Medicare is 65. If your loved one is 64 or younger, they do not qualify for Original Medicare. 

Citizenship & Residency

To be eligible for Medicare, your loved one must be either a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident who has lived in the United States continuously for at least five years. If they do not meet these criteria, they do not qualify for Original Medicare. 

Work History 

Medicare is primarily funded through payroll taxes. As such, most people who qualify for Original Medicare have worked at least 10 years in the United States and have paid into the system through payroll taxes. However, there are some exceptions. For example, people with certain disabilities or those who have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) may also qualify for Original Medicare regardless of their work history. 

If you’re not sure whether your aging loved one qualifies for Original Medicare, use this guide as a starting point. Eligibility is determined by several factors, including age, citizenship/residency status, and work history. Keep in mind that there are some exceptions to these rules—for example, people with disabilities or those with ESRD may still be eligible even if they don’t meet all the criteria listed above. When in doubt, it’s always best to contact the Social Security Administration directly to find out for sure whether your loved one qualifies for this important health insurance program.

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Do you know your love language? Check out my latest podcast to learn more about how you can express love to your aging clients or loved ones in the role of a Caregiver.

The 5 love languages as shared by Gary Chapman have been transformational in the lives of many individuals who are looking to build relationships with their loved ones and these are also applicable in caregiving.

In this episode, I share how love can be expressed in caregiving. The caregiver role is one that is full of so many emotions and yet the central expression is love.

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Caregiving can be a roller coaster of ups and downs. The information that you will receive from The Caregiver Cafe Weekly Specials Newsletter will support you as a caregiver. Remember…

1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE: The problems you face as a caregiver are experienced by other caregivers. Knowing that you’re not alone can be comforting. 

2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregiver’s experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

Help! I have no children but I need a Caregiver!

By Roz Jones

You may not have children, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a caregiver. Whether you’re dealing with a chronic illness, recent surgery, or simply need help around the house as you get older, hiring a caregiver can be a great solution. But before you bring someone into your home, it’s important to do your homework and make sure they’re the right fit. Here are four questions to ask.

Do they have experience? 

This may seem like an obvious question, but it’s one that’s worth asking. You want to make sure that the person you’re hiring has experience in the type of caregiving you’re looking for. If you’re looking for someone to help with basic tasks around the house, for example, you don’t necessarily need someone with medical training. On the other hand, if you’re dealing with a more serious health issue, you’ll want to make sure the caregiver has the necessary skills and experience. 

Are they licensed and insured? 

Again, this is an important question to ask—particularly if you’re considering hiring an in-home health care provider. You’ll want to verify that they are licensed and insured in case something happens while they’re on the job. 

What are their availability and hours? 

Caregiving is a demanding job, so it’s important to make sure that the person you hire is able to commit the time and energy required. Discuss their availability and hours upfront so there are no surprises down the road. 

What are their rates? 

This is another question that’s important to address upfront. Caregiving can be expensive, so you’ll want to make sure that the rates are within your budget before moving forward. 

Conclusion: 

Hiring a caregiver can be a great solution if you’re dealing with a chronic illness, recent surgery, or simply need help around the house as you get older—but it’s important to do your homework first. Make sure you ask potential caregivers about their experience, licensing and insurance information, availability, and rates before making your decision. Once you’ve checked all of those boxes, then you can move forward with confidence knowing you’ve found the right fit for your needs.


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Caregiving can be a roller coaster of ups and downs. The information that you will receive from The Caregiver Cafe Weekly Specials Newsletter will support you as a caregiver. Remember…

1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE: The problems you face as a caregiver are experienced by other caregivers. Knowing that you’re not alone can be comforting. 

2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregivers’ experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver. 

Reviewing Your Aging Loved One’s Medicare Benefits

By Roz Jones

Medicare open enrollment is approaching fast with the enrollment period beginning on October 15th. As your loved one’s age, it’s important to review their Medicare benefits annually to make sure they’re still getting the best coverage possible. Here are some tips for Caregivers to consider when reviewing your aging loved one’s medicare benefits:

Understand the Benefits

Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, some disabled people under age 65, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant). Medicare helps pay for doctor’s services, hospital care, home health visits, and other medical services. In addition to also covering some prescription drugs.

Your aging loved one may be eligible for Medicare if they:

  • Are 65 or older;
  • Have been receiving Social Security disability benefits for 2 years;
  • Are blind or disabled; or
  • Have End-Stage Renal Disease.

Check Your Loved One’s Enrollment

If your aging loved one is already enrolled in Medicare, you should be able to verify from the Social Security Administration. The first thing you should do is check their enrollment information to make sure it’s up-to-date. Ask them if they have their own Social Security card or other documents that show their Medicare enrollment like a statement of benefits or an annual notice about their coverage. If not, ask them to request an update online or by calling 1-(800) 772-1213.

Look at the plan options offered by Medicare during open enrollment and compare them with what your loved one currently has selected. Ensure they are getting the right level of benefits based on their age and health status. This will help you understand how changes might affect him or her financially (and how costly those changes may be). If he/she plans on switching plans this year anyway, now would also be a good time for him/her to pick out new glasses or contacts before they get older and harder to find in stores!

Check that they are getting the right amount of coverage at each stage of life so that there aren’t any gaps in coverage due to deductibles or co-pays in retirement years when medical costs are higher than before retirement age.

Review and Update Your Loved One’s Information

Also if there have been any changes, be sure to review and update your loved one’s information. Make sure their address, phone number, and other contact information are all up to date.

If you find that your loved one’s Medicare coverage needs have changed since the last time they filed claims and paid premiums on their own (or if they’ve never filed before), it’s important to review the benefits carefully so that there are no gaps in coverage. You can learn more about Medicare benefits, enrollment, and updates by visiting medicare.gov or calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

I hope this assists you with understanding Medicare benefits and the enrollment process, but I know it can be confusing and overwhelming at times. If you have any questions or concerns about your aging loved one’s coverage, please don’t hesitate to visit medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

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Is your faith deteriorating while working in the role of a caregiver? Check out my latest podcast to listen to part 2 and find out how Dr. Herbert suggests Caregivers can restore their faith!

In this episode, we continue our conversation about caregivers in a health crisis with Dr. Herbert and we discuss our love for God, Why God, and Who is gonna help me, God.

Much of our love for God can lead us to take up caregiving roles, it may affect our physical well-being and this will have us questioning God on where He is.

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Caregiving can be a roller coaster of ups and downs. The information that you will receive from The Caregiver Cafe Weekly Specials Newsletter will support you as a caregiver. Remember…

1. YOU ARE NOT ALONE: The problems you face as a caregiver are experienced by other caregivers. Knowing that you’re not alone can be comforting. 

2. Tools and Resources:  Find caregiver stress management tools and gain perspective from other caregiver’s experiences.

3. LEARN TO: Ask for help, accept help when it is offered, and acknowledge yourself on this caregiving journey. Hear from experts on how to balance caregiving responsibilities by taking care of your needs and involving others to help manage the natural stress and isolation of being a caregiver.