There comes a point in the lives of most people where they can no longer function with the same independence as they had before. The aging process robs them of their mobility, sight, and even affects their mental capacity. For their children, the time to act is one often filled with heartache as their once active parents now need assistance. Adding to these issues is the lack of a plan by both parents and their children as to what to do when assistance is required. The good news is that by planning early, you can take much of the emotion out of helping your elderly parents while ensuring they get the care needed.