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3 Powerful Benefits of Talking To Your Parents About Their Health

We’ve had heart-to-heart conversations with family caregivers who also happened to be healthcare professionals – nurses, social workers, physicians.

These family caregivers were proactive about talking to their own parents, in-laws or loved ones about their health wishes as they got older.

Why? 

Because they knew that elder care is a labyrinth and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the complex care decisions families face.

AND they knew that starting vital conversations about how your loved one wants to be cared for now and in the future can make all the difference. 

Here are the top 3 benefits of being proactive, and starting the conversation. 

Benefit #1: Clarity Breeds Confidence

Say goodbye to the endless guessing game! Starting a conversation means you get to understand what your parents want as they get older – where they want to live and how they want to be cared for.

If you’ve got siblings, these conversations will make it more likely that you can all get on the same page when it comes to supporting your parents. If you’re the only child, being proactive means, you can make better decisions because your parent’s wishes can guide you. 

Benefit #2: Figuring out YOUR role

You’ll no longer be wondering what you’re supposed to be doing or wishing your siblings could step up and pitch in. Having a conversation with your parents opens the doors to knowing what role you’ll play in all of this – and what role your siblings or other family members or friends can play.

Caregiving should be a shared responsibility.  Having an early conversation means you can divy up the work or plan to hire help as needed. 

Benefit #3: Tackling the Finances BEFORE it’s too late

Imagine if you knew how your parents were planning to pay for in-home help or assisted living? Imagine if you knew if your parents had a nest egg, long-term care insurance, or if they were hoping YOU could chip in? 

Money is a huge source of friction when it comes to caring for your aging parents – and it’s a huge stressor on an only child or amongst siblings. Talking about what’s in place, what isn’t in place, and how you or your siblings could pitch in allows you to plan in advance. 

Bottom Line

These family caregivers went from feeling overwhelmed to empowered by simply opening up the dialogue. Best of all, they felt more confident, less worried, and had more clarity. 

Is NOW the right time to talk to your parents, in-laws, or other loved one about their health? Go from confusion to clarity and learn the 5 Tell Tale Signs. Grab your FREE cheat sheet, the 5 Tell Tale Signs that it’s time to talk to your loved one about their health. It’s not too late to start the convo! 

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Ashwini Bapat, MD is a board-certified Palliative Care and Hospice Physician, coach, and co-founder of EpioneMD. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Yale University, before working at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She’s devoted to empowering caregivers so that they’re seen, heard, and supported.

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