There are more than five million people throughout the United States who are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. If you are the family caregiver for one of these people, it is likely that you have thought about what this disease will mean for your senior’s future and for the care that you will need to give them.
You already know that you will need to give them additional physical and emotional support, and eventually arrange for continuous care, such as through a care network including family, friends, and the professional services of an elder care provider.
It is important, however, that you do not overlook the need to plan for other aspects of their life so that you will be better prepared when these issues arise and can feel confident that you are making the decisions that are right for your senior and for you as their caregiver.
Talking to your parent about financial and legal planning after they are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease is a vital step in making sure that both of you are secure and confident in how their needs will be handled moving forward. These conversations, however, can be awkward and uncomfortable, making it important that you are prepared for the conversation and for supporting your parent in the decisions that they make.
Use these tips to help you discuss financial and legal planning with your elder after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis:
- Emphasize that these discussions are about showing them respect and honor, and that you want to give them as much control over their future as possible.
- Remember that these are their decisions and that even if you do not agree with them, it is your responsibility to show them respect and support them.
- Be open and honest about everything that you are discussing. Do try to be “delicate” or “discreet”.
- Remember that these are extremely important issues that you are discussing and that openness and honesty are crucial to accuracy and ensuring proper plans are made.
- Assure your parent that you are not trying to “take over their life” or “control them”, even if you are making plans to give you legal control and management. Let them know that this is about you being there for them and ensuring that they get the care that they need.
Starting elder care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make during the course of your caregiver journey with them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule designed specifically to address your elderly parent’s needs in the way that is right for them while also encouraging them to maintain as much independence, activity, and fulfillment as possible throughout their later years.
This can be particularly valuable if they are living with a particular challenge or need, such as Alzheimer’s disease. This care provider can supplement the care that you already give your parent, provide highly personalized services tailored specifically to your parent as an individual, and help them to cope with the challenges that they are facing now and those that they will develop as they progress through the disease.