A lot of seniors depend on Social Security for the bulk of their income after retirement, but this kind of payment can fall drastically short if healthcare bills, groceries and mortgages start to pile up.
Many adult children find themselves not only helping an older adult each day, but also paying for basic necessities, from doctor bills to house repairs. This can often become a bone of contention between siblings, but there's no reason for this – instead, find ways that everyone can be involved in caring for a loved one.
If some siblings live too far away to give physical care to a senior, they should consider giving financial assistance. Hiring a home care aide to relieve a primary caregiver for a few days a week can be a boon to over-worked siblings who are closer to home.
Aside from helping with home health care services, try making a list of other items that a senior is struggling to pay. Home repairs often fall by the wayside as maintenance becomes too difficult a task – offer to pay for a contractor to come and fix up a senior's household. In the process, adult children may want to consider discussing how to best make a senior's house age-friendly, so there's less of a risk for falls and other incidents.