Communication is key when it comes to caregiving

Planning for the future is imperativeA number of Americans are currently providing home care for a loved one, and it is important that every person tending to the needs of aging parents talks to them about their future, according to USA Today.

Every family has a different method and approach when it comes to deciding on care for their family member. Whatever the consensus is, as long as it is clear, the process will be less stressful, the news provider reports.

"We usually say when the child reaches age 40 or the parent reaches 70, whichever one happens first, that's a good time to talk about what the senior's wishes are and to get an emergency kit in place," Georgette Smith, owner of Home Instead Senior Care, told the news source.

There are also senior emergency kits, which can help a family member organize the aging adults information including allergies, prescriptions and any other useful information in case an emergency were to happen, the media outlet reports.

Individuals who have to make these tough decisions are not alone. According to the AARP, there are approximately 70 million people in the U.S. are currently providing unpaid home care to a family member or friend.