How to Talk about Caregiving with Mom and Dad

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Caregiving | Nursing Home Planning LawyersHow are you going to take care of your parents?

If you’re like 44 million other Americans, according to a recent article in the Huffington Post, you might already be serving as a caregiver for someone over 50. Or maybe you aren’t yet, but it’s right around the corner.

With the cost of senior care so expensive (nursing homes can run up to thousands of dollars a month), determining how your family is going to approach caregiving is absolutely critical. Too often, families put off having this conversation because it’s a difficult one to have. Then, a crisis occurs, and they find themselves completely unprepared. 

To make sure that your family is prepared, I recommend taking the article’s good advice.

First, make sure that you have the knowledge you need to make an informed decision. Learn about the senior living options in Dayton and Montgomery County. Depending on your loved one’s needs, he or she might be happiest with independent living, home care, assisted living, or 24/7 nursing home care. Visit the Ohio Department of Aging to find helpful information and resources.

After you’ve educated yourself on your options, it’s time to talk to your family. The Huffington Post advises, “Understand how they view their own independence, what their lifestyle preferences are and what their wishes would be down the road.” Together, you can come up with a plan that’s acceptable to everyone in your family—thereby avoiding needless stress and conflict down the road.

If you have questions about caregiving, including how to plan for a future nursing home stay, please feel free to contact the Medicaid planning attorneys at our Dayton, Ohio office. We also have a helpful section of articles that explains much of what you need to know before your loved one enters a nursing home.

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George H. Lovett is a founding partner of Lovett & Lovett. Mr. Lovett brings years of experience and insight to each case that he handles. A certified expert by the Ohio State Bar Association in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law, Mr. Lovett uses his extensive knowledge to compassionately and effectively help clients and their families work through legal matters in the areas of Wills and Trusts, Probate, Guardianship, and Medicaid and Nursing Home Planning.George Lovett's Google+ Profile

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