How to Start the Tough Conversations with your Parents


As your parents age, decisions regarding their care need to be made. These conversations are not always easy to begin and can tend to be uncomfortable. Approaching the subject in the correct manner can make all of the difference.

Start Early

The conversation can take some time to come together, so don’t wait until it’s too late. Oftentimes families don’t start talking until something serious happens, like a fall or hospital admission. Give the family plenty of time to get together, talk and make decisions.

Speak Thoughtfully

Remember that it’s not always what you say, but how you say it. Think about your parents’ personalities and how they may react to your suggestions. Be positive and speak generally. Avoid saying things like “This is what I’m going to do for you.” Instead, ask for their input and work together on a plan.

Do your Research

You won’t get very far if you don’t know what you’re talking about. Research the options you think your parents need and start reaching out to providers. Automated Security Alert has experts who can answer all of you medical technology questions. They can explain how a medical alert can prevent emergencies and the way medication management systems can simplify complicated regimens.

Never Give Up

It’s ok if it takes some time to make a final decision. Work with your family to weigh the options, talk it out and decide what is best for everyone. When the time is right, everything will come together. STAAR Alert will be here for you every step of the journey!

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