Starting the Long-Term Care Conversation

long-term careThe majority of us will need long-term care as we enter our senior years. Bringing up the topic of our health care wishes can be uncomfortable and something we don’t want to think about until we need it. That is not the best way to go about planning for the future, however. There may come a time when you are not able to care for yourself and make well informed decisions. The responsibility will then fall on your spouse, children, sibling or another loved one. Take control of your own life and start a conversation about what you would like to happen. This will help everyone to feel more confident about decisions that need to be made, should that time come.

Sit down with everyone that you think will need to be knowledgeable about your long-term care requests. Most often this is your spouse and/or children. It could also include brothers or sisters who are close to you and aid in your care. Everyone’s situation is different so your mix of people at this meeting will vary. Surround yourself with individuals who support you and have your very best interest at heart.

Starting the conversation can seem like an overwhelming task. Some like to jump right in, while others may start with small talk. Whichever way you begin, be sure to voice your concerns and feelings about future situations that may arise. Work cooperatively and listen to everyone’s views. You do not necessarily need to agree, but they may bring up valid points that you had not considered.

If you have done your research ahead of time, you may have already begun to formulate a plan and would merely like to share it with your loved ones. If you have not, this could be a good starting point for all of you to move forward from to seek more information.

Perhaps the most prominent question will be whether you should move into a nursing home or go with a home care approach. You can start your search by contacting MAS Home Care. They will be able to provide an in-depth knowledge about services that would be available to you. MAS Home Care provides superior long-term care in Rhode Island, Maine, and New Hampshire. Don’t delay. Start that conversation today!

MAS Home Care of Rhode Island
1243 Mineral Spring Avenue #208
North Providence, RI 02904
401-312-1160

MAS Home Care of Maine (Portland and Lewiston areas)
21 Saco Street
Westbrook, ME 04092
207-591-4457

MAS Home Care of Maine (Bangor and Machias areas)
360 Harlow Street
Bangor, ME 04401
207-561-9533

MAS Home Care of New Hampshire
500 Harvey Road
Manchester, NH 03103
603-296-0960

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