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START A CONVERSATION A lot of uncertainty can be avoided if you talk with your loved one before something happens. It’s easy to put off these conversations because they can be difficult. It never seems like the right time to bring up what we think will likely be an uncomfortable topic. You may be surprised to find your loved one has been meaning to have the talk too and is relieved when you take the lead. If the person you’re caring for is not your partner/spouse or legal family member it is important to get their permission before taking on any significant caregiving responsibilities. Many people find it difficult to ask for help; taking the first step and clearly offering to be a part of your loved one’s support system is one of the most caring things you can do. Look for an opening. You might use an article you’ve read or something you saw on the news to raise the topic of future care, such as: • “I’m starting to think about estate planning, do you have any advice?” • “As time goes on, do you think you will want to stay in this house [or apartment]? It might be difficult with all the stairs.” • “You mentioned your eyes are bothering you. Is this causing problems with reading or driving?”

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Prepare to Care  

A planning guide for the caregivers in the LGBT Community. This guide is a practical tool created to help you. Here you’ll find information,...

Prepare to Care  

A planning guide for the caregivers in the LGBT Community. This guide is a practical tool created to help you. Here you’ll find information,...

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