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Whose job is it to take care of aging parents? Do you have any Biblical backing for your belief?
Have you, or did you if your parents have passed, made a plan as a couple on how to take care of your parents? What is/was your plan? Did a plan vs reality differ? Did/does your plan differ depending upon which parent it is?
With my parents, its a known thing to do what we can to keep them living in their own home, then see from there. That's as far as our plan goes. Due to lockdowns, DH hasn't been able to go see his for a couple years. And I doubt DH would have any say over what his siblings would do with his mom, as his dad has passed.
With that said, one has to do the good that one can do and the bible has a verse that talks about how low someone is who doesn't even take care of their family, so I believe there is a responsibility there. I think this is one of those what good can you do type of things? If you can, I would say it is good.
Aging can be a very challenging thing; I've known many people who have struggled so much taking care of aging relatives.
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DW feels a deep responsible for potentially caring for hers but I’m not sure how realistic that is as their care demands increase given that she’ll be working for our future while I’ll be in retirement by then. We are considering what our next housing might look like whenever we move to potentially allow for either set of parents to live with us until the care is too much for us to do.
Scripturally it’s a good thing to honor your parents. Does that include providing end of life care? I’m not sure about that. Some people have the skills, time, physical, emotionally, and/or financial ability to do so and others do not. People are living longer while their bodies or minds are not as capable. When that crosses over so the care becomes impossible to do so physically, financially, even emotionally, professional care is critical…and expensive. We’d like to make sure that our parents can stay in place and independent as long as they can. How will it impact the people in the house? Are relationships with parents, spouse or in-laws already strained?
My wife was fully supportive of me but I never thought of it as a team thing. It was a lot of paperwork and phone calls and managing his check book and cleaning out his apartment and visiting him and traveling to his city, usually by myself. We never had a plan in place, we just met each challenge as it came up.
Also during 2019, DW began caring for her parents who moved into a senior living community about two minutes from where my father was living. Her dad passed in August of 2020, and now she spends time caring for her mother, who is in pretty excellent health for someone who is 89. We take her to church, bring her over to our house at least once or twice a week for a meal, take her shopping, etc.
I think both of us feel that helping our parents is part of 'honoring your father and mother'. Also, I feel we are lucky in that both sets of parents were excellent supporters of our marriage and kids, and while they were living they were an integral part of our family's life. We cherish the time we spend with DW's mother, and still feel the void left by the passing of my parents and her father.
Her mother passed about two years ago. Wife is only child. No plans, no discussion. She had a horrible, long, lingering death. I stood with my wife and we did what we must.
My father passed last summer. He too died a lingering, horrible death. I am eldest child and male so, by tradition, my role was clearly understood.
Again; little discussion, little talk. My wife stood by me and we did what must be done.
Both parents left behind financial messes due to poor decision making, refusal of all offers of assistance and advice, making for poor planning and tragic results. After all was said and done, there was nothing left of what should have been large estates. In fact, it all cost me quite a bit of money. Yet, such was my duty. I am first born male child and nothing else matters. If you knew my people, you would understand.
I anticipate all issues cleared up by this coming spring.
I do not know how or even if if the Bible entered into it. All I know is this; we did what must be done, in an honourable, effective manner.
I could have taken what I could and walked away, leaving the state to clean-up but honour dictates a different, straighter path.