Five Things to Do Before Your Parent Goes to a Nursing Home

 

Michael Kort, whose 96-year-old mother has Alzheimer’s disease and is in a nursing home, has sage advice about what to ask before nursing home care becomes inevitable. The bottom line is not to miss the chance to ask these questions and make arrangements while your parent is still lucid.

Michael Kort, whose 96-year-old mother has Alzheimer’s disease and is in a nursing home, has sage advice about what to ask before nursing home care becomes inevitable. The bottom line is not to miss the chance to ask these questions and make arrangements while your parent is still lucid.

Michael has many questions he wishes he had asked his mother — particularly about her childhood, relationship with his father, and family history. The moment to ask never seemed right, but now it’s no longer possible.

It’s a painful and awkward discussion, but knowing your parent’s preferences as to end-of-life options — such as wishes regarding resuscitation efforts or feeding tube usage — will help you tremendously. Have this discussion and get your parent’s preferences in writing, in the form of a living will.

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