Questions to Ask Aging Parents Today for a Better Tomorrow

Questions to Ask Aging Parents Today for a Better Tomorrow

We’re all familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s sage advice: “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” This has special significance when it comes to knowing the questions to ask aging parents as you plan for the future: from the practical knowledge of what their wishes are for their remaining lifetime, to what their favorite flavor of ice cream was as a child – and anything in between.

It’s a good idea to let your parents know that you have some questions you’d like to ask, and then schedule a time that will be uninterrupted, inviting siblings or other family members to attend as appropriate. Then prepare your questions in advance, thinking through ideas such as:

  • Do you have a power of attorney? A do-not-resuscitate order? A will and living will in place? Are these documents gathered together in one secure but easily-accessible location?
  • What are your wishes for care, if the time should come that it’s necessary? A nursing home? Assisted living facility? Or professional in-home care?
  • Are there any medical diagnoses in our family that we should be aware of? A history of cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, etc.?

In addition to reviewing these planning types of questions, shift the conversation to family history and other areas of interest, such as:

  • What do you remember most about your childhood?
  • What are some of your favorite memories?
  • What would your advice be to the next generation?
  • What’s my birth story?
  • What were Grandma and Grandpa like when they were young?
  • What are some lessons you’ve learned in life that you want me to know?

Recording the answers to these questions, either through a written document or video, is a great way to ensure your children, and their children, will have a better understanding of their roots.

Learn more helpful suggestions for caring for aging parents from the care professionals at Amy’s Helping Hands, or request an in-home consultation to find out how our services can benefit your loved ones.

As the leading provider of in-home care in Windsor, Ontario and the surrounding areas, we’re here to help with a full range of services to meet each person’s unique needs, including:

  • Companionship to brighten each day through conversations and enjoyable activities
  • Light housekeeping and laundry
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Personal hygiene assistance
  • Hospital-to-home transitional care
  • Specialized care for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia
  • Foot care
  • Skilled nursing care
  • And much more

All of our services include:

  • Ongoing, routine care management visits
  • Around-the-clock, on-call support
  • Advocacy and mediation
  • Helpful resources specific to the challenges you are facing
  • And more, for a holistic approach to care that encompasses medical, social, safety, and overall wellness needs

Call us any time at 519-915-4370 to discover how our award-winning care can make life the best it can be for a senior you love.