Are you Prepared, Part II

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This Will Never Happen to
But What if it Does? Are You Prepared?
Part II
When “Aging in Place” is NOT an Option!

The vast majority of my clients express their strong desire to live out their lives at home.  Men in particular summarize it frequently by proclaiming, “I just want to die in my sleep”.  To which I wholeheartedly concur!  Health care professionals call this “aging in place”.

As I discussed in my July letter, during almost 30 years of advising clients and their families planning for and journeying through the later seasons of life, I’ve found the most difficult and stressful situations involves clients or their loved ones who have experienced a catastrophic health crisis.  While my grandmother and mother were adamant that “IT” would NEVER happen to them, sadly “IT” did.  Both required in-home care 24/7 for the final season of their lives.  LivHome gave a great presentation in July about some of the issues and options involving “aging in place” at home.

However, despite heroic and sacrificial efforts by spouses, children, daughter-in-law’s, other family members, and in-home care professionals, sometimes “aging in place” at home simply becomes impractical or impossible.

When aging in place at home is no longer a viable option, it is usually an adult child or daughter-in-law calling me.  The caller is usually stressed, overwhelmed and bewildered.  Because of the lack of proper planning (and frequently because of the stubbornness of the parent), decisions must now be made in the midst of crisis.  Time is now of the essence!

Colleen Nilsen, a Certified Senior Advisor with A Foundation for Elder Care has assisted a few of my clients recently as they transitioned from home to assisted living arrangements.  Her prompt and professional services were greatly appreciated by my clients and their family.

Therefore, I hope you (and your children) join us on August 22nd at 10:00 am and 6:30 pm, as Colleen discusses numerous options and issues when aging in place at home becomes impractical or impossible.  A flyer is enclosed with more of the specifics.

Please RSVP to Brandy Cooper in my office by telephone at (951) 369-1335 or by e-mail at or via by clicking on the
Events tab. I hope to see you (and your children) on August 22nd at 10:00 am and/or 6:30 pm!

Herb Chavers

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