This post has been sponsored by Global Influence, however, all opinions are my own.
Having a conversation with your parents about long term care is never easy. When I was 14, my mom passed away and left just my dad and I at home. He had lots of health issues, and before long his health had deteriorated to the point that a 14 year old girl just couldn't take care of him on her own. My brothers and sisters (all older than me, with families of their own) and I all knew it was time to sit our dad down and have an initial talk about long term care. We were not for sure what the outcome would be, whether our dad would want to move to an assisted living facility or move in with one of us, but it was getting pretty obvious that he needed a little help with day to day routines. We began to notice some early signs, but tried to ignore them for awhile, since we knew how independent our dad liked to be. But, more and more, as he would begin to fall more often, or forget his medication, we knew it was something we had to do.
The above video is a great resource in figuring out whether or not your loved one might need to start thinking about long term care. It's really sometimes an uncomfortable conversation to start at first, but the truth is, if you really do need to have the conversation, it will feel much better once you get it done, and things can begin to fall into place. If this is something that you can connect with, feel free to join us for the #CareConvo Twitter party with @Resourcefulmom on 11/12 at 8 PM ET. (RSVP link: http://resourcefulmommy.com/14363/care-conversations-twitter-party). We would love to have you there to talk about all things #CareConvo related and have a little bit of fun too! Hope to see you there!