Millions of Americans work very hard serving as caregivers to keep their elderly parents aging in place at home. Over the years you’ve probably heard your own mom and dad say:

“I’m never going into one of those places”.

Because you love them you’ll do anything to honor those wishes. In addition, assisted living facilities can cost $5,000 or more a month, and most of us want our parents to continue enjoying the hard-earned money they’ve set aside. But trying to juggle your parents’ at-home care requirements with an already busy lifestyle can get overwhelming. To help lighten your workload, here are some proven ways to help keep your elderly parents aging in place at home for as long as possible.

Identify Caregiving Priorities

Instead of using a “shotgun” approach to their daily or weekly living assistance needs, take a few minutes to sit down and compile a list of caregiving priorities. Those will vary based upon your parents’ physical and mental condition, and could encompass the following:

  • Housework
  • Yardwork and other outside chores
  • Medication monitoring
  • Grocery shopping, meal preparation and cleanup
  • Laundry
  • Personal hygiene assistance
  • Transportation
  • Bill paying and o