Care Conversations Tips

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Care Conversations with your loved ones

To find the right care solution, you must first know what you’re looking for. Keep in mind care wants are just as important as care needs. Talking with your loved ones may seem difficult at times, but regular discussions ensure everyone is working toward the same goal. Care Conversations™ help loved ones discover personal preferences and wishes that they might not have otherwise known. These insights help narrow the search criteria and make it easier to find the right care solution. By speaking openly and honestly about priorities and concerns, you can identify areas that require further research or discussion.


5 Tips For Successful Care Conversations

Many of us avoid Care Conversations because we assume loved ones don’t want to discuss sensitive matters. These perceptions may not be reality. Loved ones may want to talk. The process may be easier than we think. We simply won’t know until we try, so it’s important to push past initial reservations and commit to taking action.

Once you’ve made the decision to act, how do you go about initiating a delicate conversation? Even with the best intentions and strong determination, you may find yourself speechless. To improve your chances of Care Conversation success, follow these five tips:

  • Address the Who, Where, and When

  • Be flexible

  • Take the “right” approach

  • Ask specific questions

  • Remember, it’s not about you

Care Conversations with your health care provider

Your health care provider can help you to better understand the aging process and various care options. Before speaking to your health care provider, have a care conversation with your loved one. You’ll better understand the situation, one another’s preferences, and the steps you’d like to take next.

After scheduling an appointment with your health care provider, jot down a list of questions. This will help you to remember everything you want to discuss. Use the Early Signs Checklist or Caregiver Stress Checklist to identify what needs you or your loved one might have. Be straightforward with your health care provider and ask for clarification on any items you don’t understand. If you are not satisfied with the discussions, you can change health care providers or seek additional information from others.