What to look for while visiting aging family during the holidays: Ask about future plans
Spending time with family is one of the best things about the holiday season. For those with aging loved ones, this time is priceless in many ways. While it is a chance to make memories, the holidays also provide a valuable opportunity to make sure your loved ones are safe and happy.
For many aging adults, it is good to talk about what they would like to happen should they become unable to care for themselves. That’s why it helps to have a plan. At its most basic, an estate plan allows you to choose a trusted person to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so yourself in the event of disability or disease. After death, an estate plan ensures that assets are distributed according to the plan.
You can start this holiday season by finding a certified elder law attorney. How? According to the National Elder Law Foundation, there are just 24 CELAs in the state of Massachusetts, and one firm, Surprenant & Beneski, P.C., belongs to this elite group with two in-house certified elder law attorneys.
Once you understand the situation, you can help your loved one take the next step, according to the American Association of Retired Persons. Is it time to make a move? Consider whether your loved one is safe in their home or whether they need help daily or with certain tasks. Adult day facilities offer meals, activities, companionship and some medical care.
And, if your loved one is in a nursing facility this holiday season, what should you look for? The same points apply:
- Is your loved one generally happy?
- Do they seem well fed? How about physical cleanliness? Look at their environment, too.
- Observe changes in their physical condition, looking for health care and safety needs not being met.
While this may be difficult to consider, the wellbeing of your loved ones could depend on your watchful eye this holiday season.
At Surprenant & Beneski, P.C., we are part of an elite group certified in elder law. We are here to help with estate-planning strategies and more to ensure your family is well taken care of. Visit a Surprenant & Beneski, P.C., office near you today. With locations in Easton, Hyannis and New Bedford, it’s easy to see we are committed to serving greater Massachusetts.