Difficult decisions become even harder under stressful situations. This is particularly true about life-changing choices, or ones that have to be made at the end of a life. For the families of Mount Vernon Tower residents, we strongly recommend that you and your loved ones talk about these in advance—before they have to be made during a crisis.
Decisions such as when to end medical care, funeral arrangements, or a will.
Here are some suggestions for handling these topics.
- Bring them up with your loved one early on. Again, avoid the pressure of a crisis situation.
- Be ready to listen. Likely, your loved one has concerns and fears, and expressing those are important. As these are expressed, it becomes easier for everyone involved to finally focus on the key topic.
- Do research in advance on topics like finances, funeral arrangements, and living wills. Be prepared to answer questions, but also be able to provide reference sources so your loved one can also investigate on his or her own.
- Don’t try to do too much at once. Even though many decisions are interconnected, it can be overwhelming to try to cover everything. So take things a step at a time. If you’re not under pressure, you have the luxury of taking all the time you need.
- Ask for help when you need it. It’s tempting to try to do everything within the family, since these are personal decisions, but there are many other sources that can provide information, counsel, or examples of how other families have handled these situations. If you have questions, ask our staff at Mount Vernon Towers. We can help you connect with experts that provide the facts you need.
Remember, you’re never alone at Mount Vernon Towers.