The hard part is over.
I'm matching you with one of our specialists who will be calling you in the next few minutes.
Didn't I see that there are 4 episodes?
I realize the unhappiness of those of us from dysfunctional families who are roped into caregiving for lack of any better option, or whose siblings are in the wind and totally unconcerned, is a separate issue to some extent. Still, I felt the program presented too rosy a picture. Like that young woman who said with a smile that she's not saving for a house, or for a vacation, or anything for herself. She's saving for her mother's needs. And she seemed perfectly okay with that.
Also the show focused on geographic regions and employers that actually provide support for the family caregiver, such as a home health aid in the one instance. It concerns me that viewers might think these services are widely available, which they're not. I liked best what Jane Gross had to say - "your parents better have a gazillion dollars, or by the end of this they're be completely broke, and so will you."
On a related note, I had a discussion with my mother this morning in which she learned for the first time that her Medicare won't cover a nursing home for her. She had gone to a NH for rehab after knee surgery and just assumed that if she needed long term care it would be covered. This came up today because one Mom's old friends has become bedridden but can't afford home care, and my mother criticized her for taking the cheapest Medicare plan she could find. She was aghast to learn that her own Medicare wouldn't cover it either. Such is the level of awareness of the average person, even if elderly.