How to Move On From Caregiving After a Parent Dies

As an only child, Aline Roberts, 57, always knew the role of caregiver for her parents would eventually fall to her. Then when her father was hospitalized after a fall a few days before Christmas 2013, it did. Shortly thereafter, she took the lead in moving her 85-year-old parents out of their home of 40-plus years into an assisted living facility.

“We spoke on the phone daily, often two or three times,” she recalls. She was also regularly on calls with her parents’ health care providers, insurance company and caregivers at the assisted living facility. She made the 10-hour roundtrip drive from her home in Dothan, Ala., to New Orleans at least once a month, if not twice, to check on them in person.