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I remember when my Dad asked me to resign from my career so I could drive him and a Mom all over hill and dale because they stopped driving. I asked my Dad did he resign from HIS career to care for his parents? Of course I knew the answer was no. He never asked me again.
The way I look at it, since my parents refuse to move to a retirement complex and wish to remain in their single family home, then THEY need to take on the responsibly of their choice. I will help when I am able to do so. Otherwise, when the time comes where they need more help, they either pay someone who is a certified Caregiver or they move to a more elderly friendly environment.
If I did give up my career, who is going to take care of me since I was never blessed with children... thus the reason I have to keep on working to grow that retirement fund.
Big big mess. I care for my mom 24/7 and we are still best friends. The rest of the family hates me because I don't give them mom's money. I'm a very loyal and true friend and son. I've been called every name in the book. It's amazing how, adult children think and assume they are entitled to the parents money when they are not. Several of my siblings don't even work and still want mom's money but don't want to help care for her or anything. It sickens me. I love my Mom and my dad.
We need to stop history from repeating itself from generation to generation where a wonderful grown child is willing to take care of his/her parent but doesn't realize until it is too late that they themselves don't have enough to retire on... thus will be moving in with their own grown child.
It isn't available in all states but this is the only way that you can be paid as a caregiver I know of.