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Finishing Well

Mar 30, 2019

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.”  It is hard for people to admit that they might need long term care one day; it means they will be weak. While people have no problem accepting they are going to die, and know that life insurance will be needed in this situation, it is much harder to accept the idea of becoming reliant on someone else in their old age.

Robby really talks this week about how his dad is handling this situation. He is vulnerable and needs help from others, and accepting this has lead to some beautiful conversations between Robby and him. Robby can see God’s strength in these moments.

This situation has made Robby consider who is going to be his caregiver. He knows his wife will step in out of love and commitment, but many caregivers then become completely ignorant of their own needs. Robby does not want that for her. Long term care insurance, most with the option of paying for some home health care, would give Robby’s wife a choice. She could get someone to come to the home to have relief and be able to care for herself.

Even though people can afford this care without insurance, they are much less likely to accept it when they are the ones paying for it. Robby’s dad kicked the hired nurses out of his house. You have to plan this journey out, and not just at the financial level, at the emotional level too, in order to make sure all your loved ones are taken care of.

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