This issue has been on my mind more frequently lately as my parents and I grow older and I find them needing more assistance in life. I have three siblings who have helped when they can, but often have other responsibilities or things on their plate, so most of the responsibility falls on me. I don't mind this, as I enjoy spending time with our parents when I can, but more and more I find myself wondering who is going to take care of me in my old age. I have no children, I was not able to freeze my eggs before treatment, the likelihood that I will have a partner or close friends should I live in to my 70s or 80s, is slim, and my siblings may require care of their own at that point.
I'm left with the questions, "Who is going to pick me up from medical procedures?" and "Who is going to be there with me when I'm in the hospital?" My mother was hospitalized awhile back and I had to stay in the room with her for a week because she was disoriented and combative and the nurse was loosing her patience. The nurse raised her voice and was hostile to her a few times when she was too confused to comply, and that was in front of me. God knows how she would have treated her if I hadn't been there.
I know some people purchase long term care insurance to assist with some age related care issues, but I don't invision that being within my means and it doesn't really make up for a family presence.
And then there are just day to day things I might need assistance with like pulling a bin out from under the bed or getting a heavy box down from a shelf, which have already become more difficult on account of treatment related and other health issues though I am only in my early 40s.
How do older people with no children and little to no support system manage?