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How to Prepare for the Loss of an Elderly Loved One

By Melissa Hill, 9:00 am on

The time will come when the death of an elderly parent or relative is imminent. Even if your parent has been ill for an extended time, you are never really prepared for his or her passing. However, a little advanced planning can ensure a difficult time isn’t compounded by additional frustration and confusion.

Have tough conversations.

Most people have definite ideas about final arrangements. Involve all family members in the conversation to the extent they are comfortable. Not only will this ensure your loved one’s wishes are honored, it will prevent debate over what he or she wanted.

Get business in order.

Make sure you have access to important paperwork, such as a power of attorney and will. You’ll also want to have all necessary information on hand regarding your loved one’s insurance, bank accounts, and investments.

Accept help.

You will want to have as much time as possible to spend with your senior loved one. An Oklahoma home care agency can be an invaluable asset during this time and provide a caregiver to handle the day-to-day activities and routine care.

Encourage others to visit.

Extended family and friends will want to visit to say their goodbyes. Encourage them to call on your loved one and try to maintain as normal an atmosphere as possible.

Understand the grief process.

Even when death is expected, you may be overcome with grief. Understand what you are going through is normal and although everyone handles grief differently, everyone grieves the loss of a loved one. Your home care provider may also recommend outside resources to help you and your family through the grieving process.

Make sure your loved one knows their life was meaningful.

Talk about your parent or relative’s life. Look at pictures and talk about family memories. Even if your parent is not responsive, have these conversations in his or her presence. Your parent needs to hear how much you value them and know you will not forget them.

For help during this difficult time, turn to Home Care Assistance. We offer hourly and live-in home care, ensuring we are available to seniors and their families whenever needed. Our experienced and compassionate caregivers can assist with daily tasks like cooking, cleaning, running errands, and personal care, so you and your family can focus on providing a loving and supportive environment for your aging parent or relative. To learn more, please give us a call any time of day or night at 405-285-4191.