Initiating a discussion about the potential long-term care options with aging relatives can be awkward. Many people assume that nursing homes are the only choice and refuse to consider them on principle. No one really wants to pay strangers to care for them in their final years! But there are many reasons to have the conversation:
Your discussion will generate the best results if it is non-confrontational. You might begin by asking some questions that demonstrate your concern:
Listen to the concerns, show that you understand them, and show respect for their decisions. Return to the discussion over time until you are sure that everyone is willing to put plans are in place.
The best plans are those that are agreeable to everyone involved and they should be put in writing. If there is hesitancy on the part of the parents or loved ones to either initiate a discussion or finalize plans, you might consider family or elder mediation. Hiring an outside mediator to navigate tough topics, like long term care planning, is becoming a preferred option for many families.
If you live in Michigan and need experienced estate planning help, contact Michael Einheuser for a free consultation. Michael helps families in Bingham Farms, Troy, Farmington Hills, Rochester Hills, Southfield, West Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Township, and the surrounding Michigan areas.
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