Mackenzie Biehl at Happily Harper
I thought the very best way to talk about an uncomfortable topic was to fill this post with the amazing movie photoshoot we had for my senior living residents. I selected the movies, dressed up my residents, and we staged them on a green screen.
Enjoy reliving these old movie posters while reading about preparing for your aging parent.
Are You Worrying about Your Aging Parent?
Do you find yourself worrying about your aging parents? Maybe you’re concerned about whether they’re adequately prepared for their later years. Or maybe you don’t know what their final wishes are.
Many parents have to deal with tricky conversations with their children. However, you don’t necessarily expect it to be the other way around. It just doesn’t seem right, does it? I mean they are our parents! That said, I’m a firm believer in having these conversations while everyone is of sound mind and ahead of any unexpected events. Read on for important questions to ask aging parents. I’ll also give you some tips on how you can tactfully approach these difficult topics.
Talk About Money
Some important things for you to find out from your parents:
Talk About Their Health
Here are a few things that you’ll need to find out now:
Talk About Their Home
Most people will want to stay in their own house for as long as possible. However, there will come a time when they’ll need to make changes or even move. You may find your parents become very frail or even disabled, and their movement becomes restricted. This is a good time to make some changes to their home to ensure they are comfortable and safe.
This could simply involve adding handrails and night-lights. Installing a stairlift may be a safer option than worrying about them walking up and downstairs. But these modifications can be expensive. How about moving their bedroom to the first floor, if it isn’t already? I’m sure they’ll be relieved at not having to keep climbing all those stairs!
Discuss the Difficult Decisions
Do they want to be resuscitated if the situation arises? Do they have a DNRO?
Do they want to be cremated or buried? Where?
What kind of funeral/memorial do they want?
If you need to apply for financial assistance, you need to start gathering this documentation