Life is short and unexpected things happen all of the time, which makes it important to have early conversations with your loved ones about elderly care. The topics of discussion should include:
- The type of care that will be provided when they show the first signs of being unable to care for themselves
- How finances should be handled
- The location of important documents and contacts
- How decisions should be made when they can no longer make them
The Benefits of Early Conversations
Early conversations about elderly home care allow your loved one to think with a clear mind. When your parent or other elderly loved one is of sound mind and body, they can easily discuss their preferences for care when they are no longer able to handle it on their own. Giving them a say in the entire process helps them to feel in control, less vulnerable and avoids the feelings of being taken advantage of.
The Disadvantage of Waiting
The largest disadvantage of waiting to talk until the care is immediately needed is the risk of your loved one not understanding or being able to make decisions. Worse yet, they might not be able to tell you important information such as where important documents are, where bank accounts are located and various other life altering details.
Take the time to talk when everyone is in good spirits and able to make sound decisions in order to make the stress of growing old and needing elderly care more bearable.