Have you talked to your parents about their plans as they age? If you haven’t, it’s time. This is not a conversation to put off, even if it makes you uncomfortable. Don’t let your parents convince you it’s too early. Delaying discussions about estate planning and plans while aging can be a risky move.
The State May Decide Matters in Court
If your parents don’t have specific plans in place for certain medical situations, it could come down to courts to decide. For example, you know your dad didn’t want a feeding tube. He said it many times. His sister insists he never would have wanted to starve to death. He’s had a stroke and cannot speak for himself, but he never took the time on a living will or advance directives.
The disagreement between you and his sister could end up with a court deciding. Would your dad want that? It’s important that your parents take time to get legal matters like advance directions, powers of attorney, and DNR instructions in place while they are healthy.
Rushed Planning May Lead to Wait-Lists
In some areas, a lack of available services can lead to delays. If one parent has dementia and another parent passes away unexpectedly, immediate care of the parent with dementia is needed. If there’s a three-month wait for caregivers who are trained in dementia care, it’s up to the family to figure out how to balance care in the meantime.
Your Parents Tell You Want They Want
If you’ve talked about things in advance, when the time comes you know your parents’ wishes on aging in place. You know if they’d want to downsize and move to a smaller, more affordable home or stay in the home they raised you. You know if they want family members caring for them or if they’d prefer trained caregivers.
By talking it over, there are no surprises. You have time to research costs, look at available services, discuss long-term care insurance, and know what to expect. It’s better than suddenly needing the services and finding out there’s no way your parents could afford it.
Don’t put off the discussion about home care services. Make sure your parents understand that caregivers don’t infringe on their freedom or independence. Caregivers are there to help and ensure they can stay in their homes while getting help with harder tasks. Engage your parents in a conversation about the many benefits of home care today.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hiring Home Care in Philadelphia, PA, please contact the friendly staff at Suma Home Care.
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Ibrahim recently completed a Professional Certificate in Management; He is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administrations (MBA) at a prestigious university in the UK.
With their passion for helping others and a strong background in customer services and clinical care, Ibrahim and his wife started assisting individuals in their homes.
Since started and operating Suma Home Care in 2010 in the basement of their home, Suma Home Care has provided professionals who work endlessly in providing clients with the highest quality of care, while enabling clients to maintain dignity, comfort and safety in their homes.
Suma Home Care, serves four counties in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia. Ibrahim is firmly connected to his local community and is always looking for ways to give back whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Ibrahim enjoys spending time with his wife and children, travelling and enjoys sports.
Mariama Suma-Keita BSN RN
Born in Sierra Leone west Africa, relocated to America in 1999 from a civil war and settled since in the U.S.A as a Naturalized citizen Graduated from National school of nursing with an associate , and completed BSN in Nursing from Immaculata University graduated with Honor roll Alpha Lambda sigma, After escaping the war served as a refugee nurse in Gambia and Guinea to other displaced refugees before coming to America.
In the states started in Homecare then then transition into hospital, worked in Jefferson hospital as a Registered nurse on Tele and general medsurg floor, also worked in Einstein hospital as an oncology transplant nurse , I realized that I enjoy working with patients so much and believe in quality and compassionate care one at a time dealing with an holistic approach in caring for patients and family in a familiar environment called home , I see the impact and progress when they’re home , it makes them feel relax and progress fast with recovering at home. As a nurse and entrepreneur I understand that dedication to meeting people and families needs is a priority, and able to foster relationships with family and patients that is professional and friendly to help them stay and settled home as a desire.