Talking With Your Family about Caregiving
The need for long-term services and supports can occur at any age, and you will have more options and choices if you start talking and planning now, rather than waiting for a crisis when you may not be able to make your own decisions.
Here are a few tips to get started:
- Be clear about your own motives for raising the issue. What are your concerns, what do you want to have happen, and why?
- Respect the fact that others may not be ready or able to face talking about changes in health and independence or the need for long term care.
- Remember that listening is the part of communication we too often forget.
- Look for natural opportunities to talk.