Planning to Be Prepared: My Journey as a Family Caregiver

Saturday, September 22, 2018

This post is sponsored by Depend, Poise, Ensure, and Glucerna but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

My parents are an important part of our family. In fact, they actually stayed with our kids this summer for an extended weekend so my husband  and I could get away alone for the first time in 10 years! But I’m not  sure what my kids would do without their Nana and Papa. They spoil them to no end and truly take being a grandparent to that special level. We  also talk to them daily on the computer or phone and count down the days until our next visit with one another. The fact that my kids are their only grandchildren mean that they hold an even more special place in  their heart and make our times together even more special.

Recently we started talking about estate planning and the future. While its so important as parents to plan for the things that you hope and pray never happen, but it is equally imperative to make sure your family is taken care of if it does. So the next question that was asked was, “Who will take care of us when we get older and can need help?” It was an open conversation and one that I then had with my own parents. What is their plan and how can I be involved? I want to be their caregiver and will be prepared because it will happen sooner than later.

Putting a plan into place is the first step of action. Thinking about schedules and products to fulfill the plan are important. Sam’s Club has a Family Caregivingprogram that is a great resource for caretakers and families alike. This program offers tips and a variety of products to help make the caregiving process easier. From items such as lift chairs to products like Depend, Poise, Ensure, and Glucerna I know my parents will be covered. Plus, with their discrete shipping options and club pick-up, Sam’s Club gives me the peace of mind to know that I can find what I need, when I need it, how I need it as I create our plan for the future. I can easily be prepared and start stocking up on items that will be essential for my caregiving, and keep them stored so I am ready.

I’m a planner, probably because that’s the teacher in me, and I think its important to plan for the future and whatever life throws at you. I can’t thank my parents enough for all they have given me and my family and to be chosen as their caregivers is an honor I will gladly take. While the road ahead may not be easy, its comforting to know that I have resources and a business that will support me through my newest journey.

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