Talking about long term care facilities can be a difficult conversation to have with your loved ones. If your senior loved one needs extra care, he or she may feel embarrassed.
It’s a good idea to discuss the options that are available with your senior loved one and other family members in order to make sure that your senior loved one feels as comfortable as possible about the decision. If you need additional help discussing care needs, consult with an experienced, qualified elder law attorney.
- Sit down with your senior loved one to discuss his or her care needs. It’s a good idea to involve multiple family members so that your loved one feels fully supported and loved. Everyone should take time to address their concerns with your loved one. You need to make sure that your loved one is able to respond to your concerns and that everyone listens to his or her views.
- Talk about the options that are available. Your loved one may have fears about some care options such as nursing homes. It’s a good idea to mention other care programs such as in home care. Have a list available of pros and cons of each type of program
- Mention specific programs or long term care facilities. If you have a list of ideas, it will be easier to make a decision. Prior to your family meeting, it’s a good idea to visit some different care facilities to get a better idea of the quality programs and facilities that are available. If you’ve visited, you will be able to better explain the advantages to your loved one.
- Respect your loved one’s wishes. Don’t force your loved one into agreeing to care. It may take multiple conversations before your loved one understands the need for additional care and support. As you continue to talk about the options that are available, your loved one will feel more comfortable.
If you or your loved one needs help choosing the best long term care facilities, consult with an experienced, qualified elder law attorney.
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