Planning For Your Loved Ones

22 September, 2018

How Siblings Can Avoid Fighting Over Caregiving Disagreements

2021-09-24T14:35:48-07:00September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Elder Care, Elder Mediation, Family Disputes, Planning For Your Loved Ones|

As your parents get older, it will become increasingly important for you and your siblings to come together and help your parents find the best caregiving options. Depending on the circumstances and the health of your parents, you may be able to hire in-home caregivers that allow your parents to stay in their own home. In other situations, an assisted living facility, adult family home, memory care community, or a skilled nursing facility may be more appropriate. No matter what decision you and your parents ultimately make, it is helpful when siblings can be on the same page. Having ...


25 May, 2018

5 Tips To Help You Choose The Right Assisted Living Community

2020-05-22T19:33:00-07:00May 25th, 2018|Categories: Elder Care, Long Term Care, Planning For Your Loved Ones|

Making the decision to move your loved ones into an assisted living home or community can be tough, especially with the wide variety of options in facilities there is today. Deciding which facility will be the best fit can be overwhelming. In addition to considering the affordability of each community, there are also other key factors to consider. These few tips can help make the decision easier for all of you. 1. Pay attention to the staff. This is crucial in helping decide what the right place for your family or friend is. The staff play an important role and it's ...


20 November, 2017

Taking Care Of Business In The New Year

2020-05-22T19:34:41-07:00November 20th, 2017|Categories: Elder Care, Elder Mediation, Estate Planning, Planning For Your Loved Ones, Planning For Yourself, Wills|

With the New Year comes New Year’s resolutions. Though these goals are made with the best intentions, come March, they have often slipped your mind. But making plans for the future, taking control of a situation or navigating challenging conversations should never just be a temporary goal that gets pushed aside. This year, think about whether your plans are in place – both for yourself and your loved ones. Make sure you have everything taken care of and that it’s legally binding. Whether it’s having the conversation you’ve been avoiding or finally sitting down and putting your wishes into writing, ...


30 July, 2017

Affording Long-Term Care For Your Aging Loved Ones

2020-05-22T19:36:26-07:00July 30th, 2017|Categories: Elder Care, Long Term Care, Planning For Your Loved Ones, Resources|

If you're considering long-term care for your aging loved ones, you might have some concerns about the price tag of assisted living facilities. You want to ensure that your loved one receives assistance in their day-to-day activities, but the costs may be holding you back. Here are some things to consider when deciding if a long-term facility is right for your aging family member and some of the resources that can help you afford it. How much do long-term care facilities cost? With over 75,400,000 baby boomers aging in the United States, long-term care is becoming more popular - and ...


18 March, 2017

Is It Time For A Hard Family Conversation? Here’s How To Start.

2020-05-22T19:38:34-07:00March 18th, 2017|Categories: Elder Care, Elder Mediation, Planning For Your Loved Ones|

There’s one in every family - the person who takes on the tough jobs and always seems to end up responsible for everyone else. It’s one thing to end up being responsible for Thanksgiving dinner year after year. It’s another to be the person who always has to step up when something worrisome is happening with Mom or Dad. It’s OK to ask your family for help. Here are some tips for how to make that conversation as successful as possible. Skip the email and schedule a conversation Sometimes it feels easier and safer to write an email than ...


22 November, 2016

When Holiday Gatherings Turn Into Tough Conversations

2020-05-22T19:37:13-07:00November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Elder Care, Estate Planning, Planning For Your Loved Ones|

Holidays bring with them many feelings - some people fight the urge to turn on Christmas music in September while others cringe at the first holiday display in retail stores. While traditions and emotions may vary, one common theme around the holidays is family. Perhaps the siblings you shared rooms with growing up have spread out across the country. Or maybe it was you who left the area. But every year, you all return home to spend the holidays together. You know your parents are getting older, so you all make it a point to be there. You look forward ...


13 September, 2016

6 Questions You Need To Ask Your Parents

2020-05-22T19:39:19-07:00September 13th, 2016|Categories: End-Of-Life Care Planning, Estate Planning, Long Term Care, Planning For Your Loved Ones, Probate, Scams|

For many people, imagining a time when their parents are the ones who need to be taken care of is challenging. For so much of your life, they are the ones who took care of you. While it may be difficult to envision, the truth is that it’s likely going to be a reality. Whether they need full-time care or they just need some guidance in making sure that their affairs are in order, your parents will likely need some extra support. Having some conversations sooner, rather than later, can ensure that everything is decided upon long before there needs ...


12 January, 2016

4 Things To Consider About Aging in Place

2020-05-22T19:40:22-07:00January 12th, 2016|Categories: Elder Care, Health & Wellness, Planning For Your Loved Ones, Transportation|

When your parents or loved ones are thinking about the future, the idea of staying in the home they love is appealing. The memories that were made under that roof provide a sense of security and nostalgia: The home where children were raised, where grandchildren played, and a life was established. The idea of leaving it behind may seem unimaginable and unnecessary. It is their home and it’s where they want to stay throughout their twilight years. But is that home the best place for them? Outside of sentimental reasons, there are practical and logical aspects that should be considered. ...


9 January, 2015

4 Ways You Can Help Aging Veterans

2020-05-22T19:42:07-07:00January 9th, 2015|Categories: Elder Care, Planning For Your Loved Ones, Resources, Veterans|

This is the time of year when many of us spend extended amounts of time with relatives we haven't seen in a while. Because of this, it's also a common time to notice that an elderly loved one needs more support than they are currently getting. Elders value their independence, and this can sometimes make them hesitant to ask for the help they need. This can be particularly true for Veterans. Thankfully, there are a number of great programs available to aging Veterans in the Seattle area. Help with mental and emotional health Did you know that 11 percent of ...


25 March, 2014

Talking To Your Parent About Long-Term Care

2020-05-22T19:52:04-07:00March 25th, 2014|Categories: Caregivers, Estate Planning, Long Term Care, Planning For Your Loved Ones|

There will come a time in many people's lives where they have to step in and provide care for an ailing or aging parent. This is almost always a difficult transition, but it can be even more stressful if you don't understand what your parent wants, or if they are resistant to your help. Talking about these issues before they arise can help make the situation much easier. Here are some topics to consider. What medical care does your parent want? Were something catastrophic to happen, what care would they want? Would your parent want all possible life-saving measures, or ...