Independent vs. Dependent Living: When Is It Time?Ask any aging person, and they’ll tell you that the one thing they value the most at this stage of their life is their independence. They don’t want to give up their keys, outings, self-care, or home.  

But what happens when it becomes unsafe for them to live independently anymore?  

Due to failing health or safety issues, you may be at a crossroads with your aging loved one. You may be trying to decide whether or not they should continue to live independently or if it’s time for more regular and routine care.   

Consider the following when making these major life decisions with your aging loved one. Remember that this is a challenging time for them. Don’t be surprised if you are met with opposition to the idea.   

  • Consider your loved one’s resources. Can they afford a private pay community? Can they afford to pay for in-home care?  
  • Consider your loved one’s needs. Are they able to meet their daily living activities independently? What do they need the most help with? 
  • Consider your own abilities and contributions to your loved one’s care. Some family members can pitch in and provide care, but that’s not practical for others. Be sure to consider all facets of your life when coordinating care and resources for your loved one.  
  • Consider your loved one’s wishes. It will be hard for your loved one to give up their independence, and they will have their own list of reasons for remaining independent. Listen to their wants and wishes and opt for a plan that meets their wants and needs.  

Planning for care and keeping your loved one safe can be overwhelming for family members. If you are worried about your loved one and feel that provisions need to be made for them. Then it is time to consult an Elder Law or Estate Planning Attorney.   

We specialize in educating and helping you protect what you have for the people you love the most. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.


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