Did you know that 12.9% of the American population is made up of “older Americans?” If your parents are in that range, you need to think about talking to your aging parents about home care. The sooner you can make a plan, the better it will be for your elderly parents.
Getting a plan before your parents can’t plan with you will put your mind at ease. Continue reading this article to learn more about talking to your parents about a long-term care plan.
Step Into Their Shoes
Before you barrel into a conversation, it’s best to think about how your parents feel in the situation. They are used to being independent, and they may not want outside help in their home.
Do your best to empathize and keep this in mind when you start conversations. It’s easy to only think of your own viewpoint in these conversations, but that won’t lead to a positive result. You can get more info here on why home care is a good idea so you can share it with them.
Be Open to Discussion
Coming into a conversation to be heard isn’t the best strategy in this situation. Instead, use language that encourages discussion that will allow both sides to be heard.
Try to ask a few questions that are answered by yes and no. Asking questions that require in-depth answers will serve both parties best.
Let Your Parents Make Their Own Decisions
Instead of making decisions about their care for them, have the conversation early enough so that they are still in a good state to make their own decisions. How early that needs to really depend on their situation.
If your parents are in good health but have had a couple of scares, now might be the best time to broach the conversation. Make sure you let them know that you don’t foresee a need for this care immediately and that you want to make a plan while you have plenty of time.
Bring the Whole Family Together
If other people in the family care about your parents, bring them in on the conversation. You shouldn’t have to do everything on your own.
In fact, it might work out better if you have multiple people there since you won’t have to bring up all of the important points that need covering.
Suggest Speaking to a Professional
Do you notice that your parents don’t want to listen to you, and the conversation is heading south?
You don’t want to hurt your relationship with your parents, so you may suggest speaking with a professional. There are a lot of people that could weigh in on the topic. For instance, they could speak to a financial planner, life coach, insurance professional, or someone else they trust.
Planning for Aging Parents
Now you know more about how to plan for your aging parents. The conversation can be difficult, but now you know how to proceed.
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