VMRC For Your Parent
Is your mom or dad ready for community living?
Knowing when your parent needs more help, especially if you don’t live nearby, can be hard to judge. They might ask for help, but more often they don’t: Their desire to remain independent may mean they won’t ask for help even when they need it.
Don’t let a crisis decide for you: Better to be proactive than reactive.
Sitting down with parents to discuss their future plans—financially, legally, long-term care-wise, and end of life—can be intimidating and uncomfortable for each of you.
The truth is, it is far better to have this conversation now—before an unexpected health crisis forces everyone to scramble and make major decisions and arrangements under sudden emotional pressure and urgency. Planning rather than procrastinating makes things easier on everyone—now and down the road—and helps ensure your parent’s wishes are honored.Close
No one wants to think about getting older and losing independence. So be on the lookout for changes and signs that you may need to intervene:
- Difficulty navigating stairs
- Unable to keep up with routine home maintenance
- Mail piles up
- Doesn't seem to be getting the correct nutrition
- Missed doctor's appointments
- Medicine goes unused or difficulty managing medicines
- Spends long periods of time inactive
- Lonely, with little social interaction
- Wants a supportive community
- Seems worried or anxious
- Is exhausted from caring for their spouse without support
- Failing health or health concerns
- Memory issues
If you answered yes to several of these, then your loved one might need a little help and genuinely benefit from social community living versus remaining in comparative isolation with the burdens of home ownership.
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