“It’s the age-old question: When and how do we have “the talk?” No, not that one, but the dialogue on the other side of the lifetime spectrum, often just as difficult and delicate — the one about an aging family member’s driving abilities, housing transitions, costs of long-term care and even end-of-life instructions.
Most of us, on either side of the discussion, would rather chew on nails than delve into these subjects. Yet as more and more baby boomers step into senior citizen territory and life expectancies continue to increase, such issues loom large. Even so, these talks don’t always have to be harrowing. While each individual, each family, each situation is different, most in the field of geriatric care agree the process is easier the earlier you start — when all parties are fully engaged — and say you should “approach loved ones with respect and compassion, appreciating an individual’s need to retain independence.”
There are specialists that can help with the “Talk”. I can put you in touch with a professional in your area. This is a short list of topics to consider.
- Legal Rights and Obligations
- Financial Rights and Options
- Care Options
- The Cost of Long Term Care
- The Wants and Wishes of the Family and Loved Ones
- The Need for Family Communication
- Final Planning and much more
If you’d like to know more about how Signet can help you have “the talk” just give us a call! 925-807-1500