Talking about Long Term Care

Long term care can be a touchy subject, especially if you’re speaking to a loved one about it. But it is a conversation that needs to happen.

An estimated 70% of people over the age of 65 will need some sort of long term care, so here are some tips on how to start the conversation.

Start early

The best time to plan for long term care is before anyone needs it. We tend to wait for a crisis to happen before taking action, but with care, it is best to plan ahead.

Listen carefully

Sometimes your loved ones may give you clues. For example, if your loved one mentions having trouble with any kind of activity of daily living, like bathing or dressing, it can be the perfect opportunity to bring up the idea of personal care.

Don’t forget about them

When having this conversation, remember that it is about them and their needs. Do not talk at them, this conversation is a two way street.

Homework

Do some research,investigate all the different kinds of care available and payment methods. Coming into the conversation with knowledge about the subject could work in your favor.

Be a partner

Make sure that your loved one knows that they will not be alone throughout this process. Also, keep their goals and wishes in mind.

Having this talk sooner rather than later will ensure that you and your loved one will be prepared for long term care when the time comes.

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