When to Have the Talk About Long-Term Care with Your Parents

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If your parents are 65 years of age or older, there’s a good chance that one or both of them may need some form of long-term care.

Have You or Your Siblings Had That Conversation with Them Yet?

The truth is, at least two-thirds of people over 65 will require some form of long-term care services, whether that’s the traditional nursing home, assisted living, or extensive in-home healthcare. Talking about long-term care services is one of the conversations that is often difficult for families.

Our elder law attorneys find there are several conversations that are much more productive and beneficial to everyone involved when handled well before a crisis occurs. Maybe you or your parents don’t really want to talk about the prospect of dying or the potential of having to move out of that personal home.

Have Your Parents Had to Deal with their Parents or Other Elderly Relatives Having to Move Out of Their Home?

Asking about their experiences in dealing with other family members and acquaintances might be a very good way to start the conversation. On the other hand, it may be that your parents never had to go through that experience with anyone close to them.

With today’s advances in medicine, it is much more common for elderly family and friends to need to have an extended stay in a long-term care facility. As elder law and estate planning attorneys, we have heard stories and situations of many kinds of families and the issues that need to be addressed and worked through when a parent passes away or it comes to the point when they are no longer able to take care of themselves in their current home.

Have You & Your Siblings Discussed Your Elderly Parent’s Healthcare?

Children may fight over the money that their parents may leave behind. It is very common that children have different opinions and strong disagreements over how to make good decisions for elderly parent’s healthcare.

One of the things that we can do for families that haven’t had the chance to have a fully-productive conversation on the decision of whether or not to leave the family home is for us to sit down with the parents and children and talk about some of the issues that need to be addressed.

How We Can Help

At Burnett Legal Group, we have attorneys that have extensive experience working with clients and their elderly parents. All of us network on a regular basis with other providers, whether it be the administrators and social workers at long-term care facilities or placement services or in-home healthcare providers.

We help you to find eldercare services when they’re needed. ENOA (Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging) has a great resource online where it lists many options with different eldercare providers. Also, there is a great Omaha area eldercare resource handbook that is now in its 13th edition and is available at

For more information about long-term elder care in Omaha, contact us and schedule an initial consultation today.

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