The end of your loved one’s life is a scary time for everyone concerned. Your loved one may not know just what to expect and there can be other considerations in terms of care needs that need to be addressed. Having some extra help makes a huge difference.
Don’t Put Off Planning
It’s really tempting, both for you and for your elderly loved one, to put off end-of-life planning because it’s difficult to face. If putting it off meant that you and your loved one wouldn’t have to face it, that would be one thing, but that’s not the case. Talk to your loved one about what care she wants so that you’re ready. Having hospice care available as soon as your loved one’s criteria are met can help her to experience far less stress.
Focus on What Your Loved One Considers Important
Your elderly loved one may find some situations and issues to be more important, or important in a different way, than you do. If you can focus on what your loved one views to be essential when it comes to end-of-life issues, you’re going to find it to be easier to meet her needs. Try to view every decision and every situation from her point of view.
Resolve Family Issues, if Possible
Family dynamics are complicated enough, but when you add end-of-life issues to the mix, the situation can become much more difficult. If possible, encourage family members to resolve differences. For some family members, the stress of your loved one’s declining health can create more conflicts. Do what you can to help ease those tensions.
Keep Family Members Informed
For some family members, knowing as much as possible about what is going on can help to relieve the stress and strain involved. Some family members may be resistant to this idea at first, so give them the information that they are able to handle and be ready to inform them further as they’re more open to what you have to say.
Helping your loved one to live each of her days to their fullest means that you also need to get the support that you and the rest of your family members need.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering hospice care in Allentown, PA, please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice today. Call (215) 867-5405.
A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.
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