When US Diplomats are deployed, caring for family back home can be tough. Fortunately there are resources. Consider planning ahead for parents before they become elderly.
The number of people that are assigned to go abroad for work is increasing every year. There are now 89,204 federal employees overseas.
Although it can be exciting to be overseas leaving behind family members who are aging can become overwhelming and challenging. Being there and being far away can create some challenges but managing these challenges doesn’t have to be difficult.
Although every situation is different there are many ways to help maintain your relationship and provide care and support to aging parents. The two important key factors to making this work is staying on top of communicating and planning with them.
Long-Term Care Planning for Diplomats
No matter the distance make sure to keep in touch and be on top of what is going on in your loved ones life. A great way to do this is through technology. There are plenty of apps that you can use to call, send a message, or video chat with a loved one when you are in a different continent.
When it comes to planning be sure to stay ahead in this area. Discuss the many topics of aging like living options, costs for care, or even what they will do if a spouse passes. Find out what they want and discuss your honest opinion about the different topics as well. It’s important that they know they are being understood and cared for by you. Deciding as a family what is best for everyone involved will help to make sure everyone is one the same page.
Talk to your family member about Hybrid Long-Term Care Insurance. This will allow them to have the traditional Long-Term Care policy along with benefits of an annuity or life insurance agreement.