As a loved one continues to age, it can be difficult to discuss the inevitable long term care needs. Both you and your loved one will likely feel anxieties and denial about her needs. It’s important to communicate effectively so that you’re able to get her the help she needs.
Take a look at the information below to learn ways to better communicate about long term care. If you have any questions, or if you’d like to discuss long term care options, meet with an estate planning – elder law attorney.
Encourage your loved one to ask for help. It’s important that your loved one feels comfortable asking for help and discussing her needs. This will open the door for discussions such as long term care topics. If you and your loved one have a comfortable relationship, she will likely feel comfortable discussing difficult topics such as long term care.
Slowly ask questions and bring up conversations. It may take your loved one some time to feel comfortable talking about her needs. Don’t try to pressure your loved one into discussing her needs in one conversation. It’s a good idea to spread out the discussions. You will be able to accomplish more over a more lengthy time period than in one afternoon.
Communicate with your loved one about the many options. Most seniors have fears of long term care because they assume there is only one way to get care: the nursing home. There are many ways to get the care that is needed such as home care and assisted living facilities. It’s a good idea to communicate all of your loved one’s options so that she has a better understanding of her choices.
Take the time to carefully discuss this difficult topic with your loved one. If you have any questions, or if you’d like help choosing a long term care option, consult with a qualified estate planning – elder law attorney.
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