Aging brings new challenges for even the most independent and strong willed. The everyday tasks that we all take for granted become daunting, if not insurmountable. There can come a time when difficult decisions may need to be made on behalf of a parent or loved one regarding the need for senior care. It may be up to you to identify the situation and initiate action.
When that time comes, keep the lines of communication open as you discuss options for their future care. Some signs that may indicate your loved one needs assistance are:
- Sudden weight loss
- Failure to take medication
- Burns, falls or injury marks
- General forgetfulness and disorientation
- Extreme suspicious or atypical behavior
- Deterioration of personal habits
You want what’s best.
When beginning to care for an aging loved one, the best course of action is to assemble all of the facts and present them to a doctor. Be ready with any questions you might have, a list of symptoms you’ve observed and the medications that have been prescribed. If the doctor recommends alternative care, identify all the options and resources available and include your aging parent or loved one in any decisions.
To make the best decision, it’s important to be aware of your aging loved one’s financial situation, health status and changing needs. Know the location of important documents, accounts and insurance policies.
Do they have long-term care insurance or an estate preservation program in place? If so, you will need to keep that in mind as you make decisions for the future. To help document this important information, ask a Farm Bureau agent for a copy of the Personal Journal of Wishes and Records®.
Your goal is to ensure the highest quality of life possible for your loved one. And your Farm Bureau agent can help with a strategy that provides security and peace of mind. Talk to an agent today.