Caring and Planning:

To care is to plan. The best way to show that you care is to pre-plan.

Financial Planning

The best way to care for your loved ones is to seriously consider your own financial planning. It is a simple fact that when you are financially stable and strong it helps you take real good care of your loved ones too. Life is full of hopes and ambitions. Everyone one of us are driven by hope and aspirations to achieve in our lives. And these are achieved only by proper pre-planning to get your financial footing in place.

Life is celebration and planning makes you celebrate it well. Well planning involves identifying, formulating and quantifying you most profound interests, values and aspirations in your life. This helps in achieving your personal goals in the most effective way and also quickly by overcoming personal and financial obstacles. Having said that the bottom-line is to learn and effectively develop planning strategies in terms of investments, insurances and other wise savings to meet your objectives.

Given the fast paced professional life and when you absolutely cannot take care personally, you may have to look for full time assistance. If your loved one struggles to meet the needs and demands of daily routines, the requirement here will have to be on long-term basis. The option can be choosing a combination of support services, health care, and housing. Community living can really help in these conditions especially for people with memory disorders and mobility issues.

Financial planning may seem boring especially when you are young, but it will turn out to be the wisest thing that you did when the time comes.


Financial planning is very critical when you care for yourself and your loved ones. Make sure you save for the hour. Start planning when you are young as it really helps. Make sure you get yourself a Life Insurance plan and also for your loved ones. There are several options available in the market to suit your needs and requirements.


Health Planning

When you care for your loved one, you will need to think ahead and make precautionary arrangements that will provide better life. Plan and secure Health Insurance to take care of their medical expenses as health issues occurs without prior notice.


It is important to identify the needs of your loved ones, especially when one reaches a certain age, her/his everyday life may become a challenge. Family members may or may not be always around to take care of your loved ones as per the requirement. When in need it is always better to look for Home Healthcare services. There are several agencies who offer this service which includes taking of every single need of your loved one at your home. It is always better to enquire, consult and decide with the best suited service provider / person for your loved one.

Given the fast paced professional life and when you absolutely cannot take care personally, you may have to look for full time assistance. If your loved one struggles to meet the needs and demands of daily routines, the requirement here will have to be on long-term basis. The option can be choosing a combination of support services, health care, and housing. Community living can really help in these conditions especially for people with memory disorders and mobility issues.


Caregiving by effective Planning

Most of you may find ourselves in a situation wherein life’s challenges pan out in such ways that we get to live away from your parents and loved ones. You heart is always with your loved ones though you are thousands of miles away. You may constantly keep thinking about their well-being and wanted to provide the best care for them. In such cases the challenges are many and you need to organise yourself to offer the best to your loved ones.

To start with there’s the stress of juggling with your work routine on one side and caregiving logistics on the other. This is always made harder by the guilt for just not being able to live closer. There is a lot of overwhelming challenges when managing care for an elderly parent, who is away from you. It is all about how well you navigate these challenges, sensibly. Communication plays a major role in this and so does management of such situations effectively. Whether your loves one is at home, in an assisted living community or a nursing home, staying connected with them with use of today’s technology closes the geographical gap. And managing care effectively really helps as all it takes is planning.

Fortunately, there are strategies long-distance caregivers can follow to make the process easier, by staying connected, scheduling family meetings, knowing the neighbours, keeping constant touch with friends who care, keeping in touch with the care-givers personally, networking with the nursing / medical care givers, personal doctors, updating yourself with your loved one’s medical condition constantly and having an emergency plan worked out clearly and effectively in anticipation

The simple tip is to 'stay connected' - This is personal and means a lot to the loved one. This connections are most valuable especially when you are far away from them. Use technology – Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp, Viber and other ways to stay connected. The choice here entirely depends upon your loved one’s familiarity and ease with the use of technology. Go with whichever suits them and not you.

Stay connected with the family members and make them feel important in this care-giving process. Discuss and decide on a suitable plan in place which may even include clear responsibilities among the siblings, to share the care, finances, time, etc. Thank them on every occasion.

Know your neighbours and make friends with them as they are really crucial in those difficult times especially when there is an emergency. Meet them whenever you visit your loved ones and keep their contact details updated. Thank them on every occasion.

Constantly communicate with the care giver if employed at home / or the care-giver at the place where your loved one resides. Remember these people are the care-givers to your loved one on a daily basis. Thank them on every occasion.

Update yourself with your loved one’s medical condition constantly. Maintain a file with the copies of all the medical reports, Doctor’s advices, Medicines and treatment details. Communicate with them on a regular basis.

Always have an emergency action plan in place and it always better to have a few contact points as options.

Being accessible is very important as it is more challenging for your loved ones to connect with you. It is always better to keep this as easy as possible.

Write a Will when you are young and able, before it becomes too late. This will help you care for your loved ones even after your time. Make sure that your loved ones too plan and write a will to leave behind. SoulPrints helps you in Writing your will …log in now.