Are you prepared to have some difficult, but necessary discussions with your aging parents? Making decisions regarding the care needed for aging parents is rarely fun, and likely something that neither you nor your parents will look forward to. Let us take some time to discuss some thought provoking and productive questions to address with your aging parents.
One question you will want to ask your parents, especially as they get older, may be whether or not they have a durable power of attorney in place. A durable power of attorney empowers a trusted person to make decisions for the individual during periods of mental incapacitation. This can be especially important for elderly folks, as illness and overall declining health can lead to impaired decision-making. If your parents becomes mentally incapacitated, they may need someone who can make decisions regarding personal care, last wishes, and property management.
Starting the conversation regarding a power of attorney will lead to other questions. For instance, who will be selected for this important job of agent pursuant to the power of attorney? Most people choose a spouse, family member, close friend, or caregiver. The agent should be someone who has his or her best interests at heart and can make difficult decisions, should the need arise. It should be noted that there are differences between a general and durable power of attorney.
It may also be a good idea to ask your parents whether they have a trusted advisor to help them with making important decisions. While a trusted advisor may also serve as agent pursuant to a power of attorney, this is not required. A trusted advisor is usually someone who your parents consult on how to preserve and pursue their best interests.
We know how challenging it can be to have these conversations with aging parents. We want you to know that we are here to support you on this and any of your eldercare issues. To learn more about how we can help, schedule an appointment with our office today.