Life Transition

Broaching the topic of long-term health care can be a daunting task. Whether you’re an individual who is concerned about an older family member or an adult who is planning your own health care plan, here are a few tips to help guide the conversation.

Be Clear
Why is this important to you? Carefully explain why you want to discuss the topic and what concerns you have.

Be Prepared
Think through key issues and come ready with literature and resources that help explain or back up your decision.

Listen
Because this is a sensitive subject, your family is bound to have many feelings. Even if they differ from yours, be sure to listen and respect each person’s opinion on the matter.

Look for Opportunities
Finding the right moment to talk can be key. For example, using other people’s circumstances can be a great way open up the conversation; i.e., “What would you have done in that situation?”

Address Concerns
Be honest and open about the decisions you’re facing.

Don’t Get Overwhelmed
Tackling too many issues at once can be intimidating. Try having a series of conversations over time, instead.