Tuesday, February 14, 2017

How much do you value the ability to make your own life choices?

The Christmas period is a time when families gather together for extended periods of time. It is a busy time for everyone and will often lead to January being a busy time in the Aged Care sector as the family realise that Mum, or Dad, is no longer as spritely as they once were.

It can be confronting for family members and terrifying for those who are suddenly being badgered by concerned relatives. As a family member, it is important to keep in mind that when you are discussing Aged Care options, you are actually asking for someone to leave behind their everyday comforts, sell their memories and move into an unknown situation.  The conversation should be treated with the same sensitivity that you would afford your children if you were moving, mid-term, to a different country.

The important thing to emphasise is that by having this conversation earlier, rather than later, you are allowing your parent to have input into their own life decisions. Nobody wants to face their own, or their loved ones, decline but, eventually, we will all end up here.  Planning for the inevitable provides the priceless gift of choice.  There are many options available, and choosing the right strategy as our loved ones get older will provide a rewarding lifestyle choice for your parent, and peace of mind for the family.

Find Erin* at Achieveit Financial Planning or call for an appointment on 07 4638 5011.
*Authorised Representative of Securitor Financial Group Ltd ABN 48 009 189 495 AFSL 240687.

This is general information only and does not consider your personal circumstances.  You should not act on any recommendation without obtaining professional advice specific to your circumstances.  We recommend you speak to a financial adviser before acting on any of the information you read on this website.

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