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November 21, 2017

Tips for Talking to Your Parent About End-of-Life Planning After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease. This means that it will change and worsen over time, with your parent’s needs and challenges increasing as the years after their diagnosis pass. It is also terminal. No person survives Alzheimer’s or dies without it once they are diagnosed. While this may not be something that you want to think about as your parent’s adult child, as their family caregiver it is extremely important to recognize this reality so that you can work with your parent to put plans into place as soon as possible.

End-of-life planning is emotionally challenging, but it can also be extremely reassuring. By talking to your parent about these issues as soon as possible after their diagnosis, you can feel confident that they are discussing these issues with a clear and competent mind. Your parent can tell you how they feel about important issues and the wishes that they have for their future so that you can use these wishes and the details that you have gotten from them to make vital decisions later.

Encountering hard decisions later in your parent’s life, such as whether to keep them on life support or if you should start hospice care, can be daunting, especially when you are dealing with the raw emotions of the time. With this planning, you can be more confident that you are able to make the decisions that your parent would want you to, and reassure your parent that their wishes and desires will be honored as much as possible.

Talking about your parent’s end-of-life plans should come after making immediate plans, such as starting senior care or establishing measures for your parent’s health and safety. This ensures that their current needs are met in the best way possible so they are secure, confident, and ready to make effective and meaningful plans for the future.

Starting senior care for your aging parent can be one of the best decisions that you can make during the course of your caregiver journey with them. A senior home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a customized schedule designed specifically to address your senior parent’s needs in the way that is right for them while also encouraging them to maintain as much independence, activity, and fulfillment as possible throughout their later years.

This can be particularly valuable if they are living with a particular challenge or need, such as Alzheimer’s disease. This care provider can supplement the care that you already give your parent, provide highly personalized services tailored specifically to your parent as an individual, and help them to cope with the challenges that they are facing now and those that they will develop as they progress through the disease.


If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in St Charles IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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