The Facts

Biggest Challenge: Getting in touch with the people needing to hear the facts.

--Jerry 

Response from DM:

Dear Jerry:

Most people do not want to hear the facts either if they fear they are negative or if upon hearing the facts they’ll have to get involved. Having said that, my experience has been that the truth must always be told—usually the earlier the better. Call for a family conference so that everyone is on the same page. Conferences can be held in person, via phone, or via video chat. It is important for everyone to have the same information and it’s preferable that they all receive it at the same time. Sometimes writing out an agenda helps so they know what to expect and have a chance to think about what they have to contribute. People may need to evaluate their time and resources and determine how (and if) they want to get involved. People have busy lives and if you continue to handle all the facts and issues alone, few people will understand what’s actually going on. Keeping everyone in the loop allows for a fair distribution of the work. Also when everyone has participated in the senior’s care, there is a level of comfort in knowing you have helped, especially toward the end of the senior’s life. Go forward with what you know needs to be done – and do so now.

Most sincerely,

Dr. Marion

 

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