When you have the time to plan ahead for your family member’s ultimate passing, it’s critical to go ahead and take advantage of that time. There are a multitude of ways in which that can benefit both you and your aging adult.
Your Family Member Can Be More Involved
If you’re having these conversations in advance, you can talk with your senior about bringing in hospice elder care providers and other care methods that can help all of you. Being involved in these decisions can be so empowering for your family member, even at this point in her health issues. You also have the benefit of knowing that you’re more synchronized with what your family member truly wants.
You’ve Both Got Peace of Mind
Having these kinds of conversations feels awkward at first, but ultimately they can give you both peace of mind. Your family member knows that she can trust you to do what she wants and needs and you know that you’ve got a full understanding of your family member’s wishes. You also don’t have to worry that you’re making the wrong decisions when it’s something you’ve both talked about.
You Have Time to Find and to Prepare Documents
Many of the end-of-life complications you might be facing can revolve around documents and paperwork that needs to either be found or prepared before your family member passes away. Having these types of documents in order beforehand means that you’re not struggling with your grief as well as the bureaucratic red tape immediately after your family member passes away.
You and Your Family Member Can Work through Issues Together
Very often there are unresolved issues between you and your family member. These issues could also be between your family member and other people that they love. This is time that you can use to work through those emotional issues and hopefully come to a resolution that gives both of you peace with the situation. The weight of unresolved emotional issues is not something that you want to deal with in addition to the grief of your family member’s passing.
This is a difficult set of conversations to have with your family members. The family member who is nearing the end of her life might be more open to these topics than you think, though, so even if you’re worried, you should at least try to bring up the topic.
If you or an aging parent are considering hospice elder care in Norristown, PA, please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice today. Call (215) 867-5405.
A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.