Are you avoiding creating a plan for if (or when) senior health detioriates?
The best time to make a plan is when you don't need one!
I've never been a procrastinator. In fact, especially in these days of phone calls not returned in a timely fashion or emails also not acknowledged, at least within a couple hours, I'm the antithesis of what was just described. Perhaps it's the era into which I was born, i.e., the late 1930s. Non-procrastination and planning ahead was instilled in me by my mother. Indeed, the common practice, in those days and until at least the 1970s, to be considerate of other people's needs for punctual responses, as well as preparing for possible eventualities that NEED to be addressed before they occur, is almost a lost and much-needed "art".
Obviously, people still purchase life and other sorts of insurance and the outstanding Boy Scout motto, "Be Prepared", hasn't yet been abandoned. Regardless, there are some families and individuals who still wait to take action until disaster strikes. Some of those disasters affecting mostly seniors are, of course, strokes, heart attacks, pneumonia (from which I'm thankfully just successfully recovering), dementia, Alzheimer's, physical trauma, automobile accidents and so many more too numerous to mention, or predict.
What can you do to prepare for the above-stated possibilities (or probabilities) when one or more of all the preceding haven't yet occurred and life is presently "good"? In my opinion, common sense should prevail. Just those two Boy Scout words, "Be Prepared", should be the mantra for almost everything we might encounter in life. There have been very few times in my life, even when times were good, when I didn't have the blessing of forward-thinking Plans A, B, C, D and beyond, again, in my opinion, attributable to my mother and that era into which I was born.
Hopefully, the preceding respectful admonition to create Plans A, B, C, D (and beyond) will motivate those who haven't yet made safety-net plans for their senior loved-ones before those plans need to be activated, to please do so, not only because it's common sense but also because your pre-planning will help create peace of mind for you and/or your senior loved ones.
Thank you for reading, as always. I hope these thoughts have been helpful.
Dementia Care Coordinator
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