Senior Living

How to have a difficult conversation

Senior Living

Some conversations are hard to have, even with family. Whether it’s about finances or medical issues, approaching these topics can be difficult. Samaritas Senior Living is trying to make this a little easier and here to talk to us more about this is Jana Broughton.

Here are some tips for how to approach these (sometimes-uncomfortable) topics:

  • Focus on the facts first, and not emotions.
  • Be realistic. Go into the conversation knowing that it might be awkward and some topics might be off limits.
  • Be aware of family dynamics. It is important for them to choose the right person to make decisions for them. Do not be offended if it is not you.
  • Keep an open mind – agree to listen – their choice or preference may not be the same as yours.

Jana, Executive Director of Senior Living at Samaritas, shares her tips in the video below. 

There are two main topics to start with; finances and health care.

The financial talk – Talk to your parents or loved ones about their financial situation. Try to find out if they have enough money to live on and enough for the future? Do they have a will or a trust? Do they have important power of attorney forms filled out? Where do they store them? What do you as the child need to know in an emergency?

Next, learn a bit more about their health care. What medical issues do they have? What medications do they take? Have they decided who will make medical decisions if they cannot? Is this person close by and do they know their choices-have the talk about end of life choices-are they clearly delineated in their documents?

For more information: seniors@samaritas.org or call 616-284-5790

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