When there is an adult child of an aging parent who is disabled or otherwise dependent there is additional stresses on the aging family unit. The Geriatric Care Management tool to manage this stress is a whole family approach. For the older parents, there is the concern of who will take care of the dependent child when they cannot. We have an example of that with elderly Mrs. Sterling, who has a special needs son with autism and refuses care because she wants to leave her money to her children, especially for her adult son with special needs.
The geriatric care manager who worked with Mrs. Sterling used a whole family approach as a tool to assess this dilemma and get care for the elderly client, plus help the family plan for the care of the special needs adult child.
For the midlife siblings, this question is often of equal concern to that of taking care of any older parents. Financial, emotional and logistical issues as well as the specific responsibilities need to be considered by these families, due to the fact that the duration of the care often is longer than the care required for a senior family member.
Contacting an elder law attorney to investigate special needs trust is a second step. This is using the continuum of care to help all family member- the aging parent the midlife siblings and the adult child with special needs.
Contacting an elder law attorney