Skip to main content

More Grandparents are Raising Grandkids: 3 Things to Know

Grandparents are great for passing down family recipes and stories of the “good ol’ days.” Today, an increasing number of grandparents are also raising their grandchildren. Pew Charitable Trusts data shows that 2.9 million grandparents were raising their grandchildren in 2015, compared with 2.5 million in 2005.

Oftentimes, grandparents become primary caregivers due to unforeseen circumstances. Regardless of what those circumstances may be, there are three things grandparents should consider when their chicks’ chicks are back in the nest.

Commit to safety first

The bad news is that accidental injury is the leading cause of death for children up to 14 years old, and more than a third of accident-related deaths happen in the home, according to KidsHealth.

The good news?  There are a many ways to create a safe environment for little ones. Secure large furniture to walls, buy safety gates for staircases, and install outlet covers, corner protectors, security locks and appliance latches. It could also be a good time to update in-home safety features for grandparents, too. Handrails provide better grip on staircases, and anti-slip mats and grab bars in the bathroom can help with stability.

Consider the car

Also, reevaluate your auto insurance policy. Talk to an Erie Insurance agent about whether it makes more sense to add grandchildren with a driver’s license to an existing policy or take one out for them specifically. Grandparents may be able to add grandkids as secondary drivers on a policy, but should be prepared to pay higher rates since teens have more accidents than any other age group.

Leave a legacy

According to LIMRA, 30 percent of households don’t have life insurance. Grandparents – regardless of whether or not they are raising their grandchildren – should still be sure this coverage is up to date.

A term life insurance policy may make sense. More affordable than a whole life policy, it provides financial security for those golden years, helps supplement retirement income and can assist with final expenses. A term life insurance policy can also help pay off a mortgage, giving grandparents peace of mind knowing that dependents have a roof over their heads.

To make sure you’re covered for all of life’s ups and downs, talk to an ERIE agent

ERIE® insurance products and services are provided by one or more of the following insurers: Erie Insurance Exchange, Erie Insurance Company, Erie Insurance Property & Casualty Company, Flagship City Insurance Company and Erie Family Life Insurance Company (home offices: Erie, Pennsylvania) or Erie Insurance Company of New York (home office: Rochester, New York).  The companies within the Erie Insurance Group are not licensed to operate in all states. Refer to the company licensure and states of operation information.

The insurance products and rates, if applicable, described in this blog are in effect as of July 2022 and may be changed at any time. 

Insurance products are subject to terms, conditions and exclusions not described in this blog. The policy contains the specific details of the coverages, terms, conditions and exclusions. 

The insurance products and services described in this blog are not offered in all states.  ERIE life insurance and annuity products are not available in New York.  ERIE Medicare supplement products are not available in the District of Columbia or New York.  ERIE long term care products are not available in the District of Columbia and New York. 

Eligibility will be determined at the time of application based upon applicable underwriting guidelines and rules in effect at that time.

Your ERIE agent can offer you practical guidance and answer questions you may have before you buy.