When you become a caregiver for your parents it is much easier if a candid conversation happens before the time comes for you to step in. You want your parent to make as many decisions about their care as they can, even if that means doing so ahead of time. It is your job to be their advocate, and help their wishes become their reality. You can’t do the job alone, so you need to delegate as many jobs as you can, like grocery shopping. Hold family meetings, and include everyone so you can work as a team to take care of your parents the best way possible.
- Have an honest conversation with those you are taking care of about how everything will be planned.
- Plan and organize properly so that everything is taken care of.
- Make sure to include other family members so everyone is on the same page.
“Unless they are severely incapacitated, they should continue to make their own decisions and remain a central part of all discussions about their care. Encourage them to articulate their concerns”