If your aging adult isn’t keen on talking about plans for the future, you’re not alone. It’s an extremely common problem and it can make being a caregiver even more difficult than usual.
Remember You Don’t Have to Do it All Now
One misconception that many family caregivers find themselves laboring under is that now that we’re talking about the future, we have to figure it all out right now. That doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, some of what you and your loved one wat to figure out might not be possible to figure out right now. So much of what is going on may need to be addressed when you have other information. So don’t worry about settling everything right now.
Try to Understand Why Your Senior Might Be Putting This Off
The future can be really scary for your elderly family member right now, especially if her health isn’t doing so well. Thinking about what might happen or what could be around the corner is intimidating, to say the least. There are definitely consequences for putting off these types of decisions, but even those consequences aren’t going to become an issue until later, so it becomes easier to let it all slide.
Focus on Urgent Issues First
If there are any urgent issues facing your senior, such as an inability to drive, those need to be addressed right away. Once you deal with those issues and their fallout, you can go back to addressing whatever is next on the list. In the case of no longer being able to drive, you might hire senior care providers to help your aging family member with transportation. They can ensure that she gets where she needs and wants to go and you’ll know that she’s doing so safely.
It Might Help to Determine What She Doesn’t Want
You may find that when you ask your senior family member what she wants in the future, she doesn’t have an answer. When there are a lot of choices, anyone can find that intimidating. If that’s posing a problem for you and your senior, you might want to flip your question around and ask what your elderly family member doesn’t want. In fact, you might know a lot more about what she doesn’t want, which leaves only confirming your information.
Above all, you do need to remember to be patient with your senior family member. Losing your temper is only going to make the entire situation worse and nobody wants that. Keep your senior’s overall best interests in mind.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN YOUNGTOWN, AZ, CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE. CALL TODAY (623) 748-3301.