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Independent Living: Starting a Dialogue

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  • Start the dialogue early
  • Raise the issue indirectly
  • Keep it positive

The line between being able to live independently and needing assistance can sometimes be very fine. For your loved one’s welfare and your own peace of mind, begin discussing their living situation and their medical, financial and legal needs before problems arise. Inquire about how they see their future and how they want to handle things should they require help. Know that they may be resistant to your questions, though, so the further in advance you begin the conversation, the more time you’ll give them to open up. … Back to Article

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