We know it makes sense to talk to your family about long-term care before the need arises. Talking about aging, finances and health can be awkward as these are personal and complex topics.
Putting a plan in place before a crisis occurs can help make sure your long-term care choices are known, understood and respected.
A long-term care plan begins by having honest conversations with those closest to you. Finding out where you agree or disagree on long-term care issues will help guide future decisions and planning.
When you talk with your family, share your concerns and preferences about:
Talk with family and friends about whether they would want to or be able to care for you if you are unable to care for yourself over a long period on time. Your discussions can provide the foundation of your long-term care plan.
If your family is not comfortable talking about your long-term care needs, acknowledge their feelings, share your reasons for concern and try again later.