Are you prepared for your final years? You could either leave your family scrambling to make arrangements, or calmly execute your wishes. Planning for the final years of life with your loved ones and taking control of your destiny is like composing your life song. In a survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, 85% of North American seniors who’ve made plans for their final years agree that planning is a chance to decide how their life song ends. Here’s what you need to know about planning for the end of life, whether it’s happening in months, years, or decades:
Here’s what you need to know about planning for the end of life, whether it’s happening in months, years, or decades:
- Consider Personality and Preferences
For many people, aging in their own home is the goal. Are you a social person? Sometimes a social person who ends up living by themselves in a large, empty house could become unhappy. Consider end-of-life preferences such as how you or a loved one would want to spend their final days and the type of service that would best celebrate that life. Also, taking care of funeral and burial arrangements ahead of time will help ensure families can focus on the positive.2Talk it Out
Communicate with your loved ones regarding their preferences. Conversation starter tips can also help open the door to important discussions. Ask the right questions: What type of care is preferred and what legacy do you want your life to reflect?
- Identify People Who Can Help Plan
One strategy is to develop relationships with family members, friends, and key advisors who will help make sure that all your bases are covered. Some key relationships should include attorneys, financial planners, insurance agents, home care companies, and funeral homes.
- Financial Planning
Deciding how to handle finances and getting all your finances in order for the final years is an important part of quelling the underlying fears that most people have.
- Complete a Personal Planning Guide
Find resources that will give you all the necessary tools to plan important details in your final years, and that all arrangements are properly made.
- Start a Bucket List
Create a bucket list of all your dreams, goals, and aspirations with family members and friends who you would like to share these things with and create lasting memories. It’s easy to get caught up in the practical aspects of planning, but don’t forget to have fun and enjoy life.
For more information on composing your life song or any additional tips on how to help plan for end-of-life care, finances, or insurance, please visit www.ComposeYourLifeSong.com or visit Home Instead Senior Care® here in Fountain Hills.
The need for in-home senior care doesn’t always arise between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM on a weekday. That’s why the Fountain Hills team stands ready to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can always reach the office by phone to get help setting up care for yourself or a family member.
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17100 E Shea Blvd, #530, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268