Yesterday Susan Levin talked learning from her hairstylist. Today she gives some tips about how to help an ill parent through the process of dying:
• Be clear about your parent’s death wishes.
• Give them information (enter key words and learn that the web, in general, and the Hospice of Santa Barbara (http://www.hospiceofsantabarbara.org/) and Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care (http://www.vnhcsb.org/) sites, in particular, are packed with useful information).
• Let them make their own life decisions provided they have the mental faculties to do so.
• Get all affairs including finances in order.
• Discuss any unfinished business and unresolved feelings.
• Make them comfortable (take advantage of various comfort aids).
• Provide privacy (curtains can be hung in crowded quarters).
For some Her Mentor Center suggestions about how to help your aging parents create a legacy, click on the title above to take you to our article entitled, How the Sandwich Generation Can Help Their Parents Create a Legacy of Meaning.
Tomorrow Susan will give you some tips on how to take better care of yourself in the process.