Families with Aging Parents

Are your siblings and you trying to find a way to support your parents as they age in place in their homes? Balancing providing support and care for your parents along with raising your own family and working can be extra challenging.

The Johnson family reached out to Our Family Encounter for help with creating a schedule to provide support and care for their Dad who had been recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. The three children wanted to make sure their parents had their end of life, legal, wellness and financial wishes captured to help their Mom navigate the declining health of their Dad.

After reviewing the current situation of their parent’s estate planning, Our Family Encounter provided recommendations about steps and referrals to local professionals to complete their estate plan. Each family member, including the parents, were involved in the conversation about what Mom and Dad wanted and how each family member could contribute and support each other. Our Family Encounter also discussed housing, staying in touch with friends and loved ones, and legacy wishes with the family.

Sharing a meal with others

Aging Alone as a Solo Senior

A Solo Senior is someone living alone, whether by choice or circumstance. It could be they have family, but they live in another city or state. Other may be truly aging alone without any immediate family. Solo Seniors account for 26% of the US population over age 65. This number is expected to grow as people age. The incidents of self-neglect and financial exploitation is estimated to be as high as 50% or more with this demographic. 

Joe Smith reached out to Our Family Encounter to make sure he had his estate plan completed. He lived in another state from his adult children and wanted to make sure he had everything he needed. As a Veteran, Joe knew the value of having a complete plan in place. Working with the Veteran Administration needed extra time and follow up to make sure they had all the right documentation and to understand the required paperwork needed to complete his wishes for a burial at sea. Joe also wanted to understand how to have a healthcare directive that could be supported in more than one state as he liked to travel and spend his winters in warmer climates.

After Joe completed getting his end of life and legal wishes documented, based on his income, he has been able to consider alternative options for housing and staying in touch with others that supported his carefree lifestyle. We have found a way for Joe to attend a virtual social hour with other seniors from around the world during an online call. This lets him be connected to his peers no matter where he is traveling to with peace of mind that he has other’s looking out for him.

Emergency Contact Support

Everyone has an emergency contact. Yet, does your emergency contact know your  if your wishes if you are in an emergency?
Only after a health crisis will we recognize we were not prepared. We had not created a plan to take care of basic things like meals and transportation. Add to that, those whom we asked to be our contact may not know what to do.
Emergency contacts are contacted often at three times:

  • temporary incapacity such as surgery or accidents
  • permanent incapacity such as a diagnosis of dementia
  • death

Having a plan created for your emergency contact to access as a single step following a call indicating a crisis has happened helps them honor your wishes and to support you. It brings peace of mind and comfort during a difficult time.

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Do you have an emergency contact?

Do they know what your wishes are in case you are temporarily incapacitated (like an illness or surgery), permanently incapacitated (dementia) or death?

Register your emergency contact with us today!

Getting Started

Our Family Encounter has found that it is easiest to start with your end of life plan first. Funeral planning is the one thing every one of us must do. Yet, finding a way to honor your wishes within your budget make this a decision some may want to avoid. Our Family Encounter wants to remind everyone: your funeral is the last lesson you can teach other. It teaches your future generations or your community about what you want your legacy to be, what is important to you, what impact you have had during your life and it shows your loved ones how they can honor you.

STEP 1:  Register your emergency contact with Our Family Encounter™. Attend a funeral planning workshop. We will send the online link or schedule an in person workshop if you want your family or neighbors to attend with you. We will provide a report following the class to tell you how much your plan might cost. Additional planning session can be scheduled at a later date.

STEP 2: Following the End of Life workshop, we want to make sure the rest of your estate planning decisions are “a green light”. Take the readiness assessment to receive a personalized report which will guide you on steps to take. Getting a readout on areas to resolve will help guide you on your next step. If help is needed to design your customized plan, contact our office for an experienced Steward to work with you.

STEP 3: Share your plan with your loved ones, trusted advisors or emergency contacts. We will  assist with this conversation in a style called, circle facilitation. This is a mediation style based on American indigenous cultures as a way to handle difficult conversations or to resolve disputes. If an agreement needs to be documented, like a schedule, care plan or assist with probate disputes, Our Family Encounter will provide that guidance and support.

For Solos, we will keep your plan in confidence as a Secondary Emergency Contact to be provided to your beneficiaries or trusted advisors at  time of crisis for an additional fee.

Once your plan is complete, it will be stored safely and securely until we received notice from your emergency contact. Annual reviews will occur to make sure to catch any changes. 

Your emergency contact can rest assured when they contact us that they will have access to your wishes, advisors, and contacts needed to support you through your difficult time.

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