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How to Overcome Sibling Tension While Taking Care of Elderly Parents

Taking Care of Elderly ParentsAlthough we would rather turn a blind eye to it, family friction is usually prevalent in some way for most people, and during a period of crisis, is usually aggravated. Once levels of stress are increased, it's normal to seek a target to serve as an outlet for all those emotions; and unfortunately, that target is often those we've shared likely the most with over a lifetime: our brother or sisters.

In case family dynamics are preventing your capability to band together while taking care of elderly parents, these guidelines can help:

  • Talk to Each Other. Even though it sounds rudimentary, it's worth emphasizing that good communication is key to comprehending a variety of viewpoints and getting on the same page. Taking note of important information, such as financial options, your parents' plans, and who's opted to give assistance with each aspect of caregiving is definitely a good plan.
  • Accommodate. Share with one another what types of duties you may be available to help with, but keep in mind that compromises may need to be made in order to assure that all bases are covered. Recognize that sacrifices might be necessary from all parties involved in caregiving, and collaborate to discover a solution that is as fair as possible to each person.
  • Delegate. Recognize that there is supplementary assistance available to help families in continuing to keep their elder loved ones safe and thriving. Partnering with an experienced home care agency, such as Independence-4-Seniors Home Care, provides families much-needed time to take care of their own personal lives while knowing their loved ones are receiving the very best possible care.

Thinking about as much ahead of time as possible before a caregiving need appears is the key to decreasing family friction later. Pull together details on how your parents would like to deal with particular scenarios as they grow older. Would they prefer to age in place at home, or move to an assisted living facility? If they'd choose to stay at home, what basic safety and accessibility alterations should be made? How would they prefer everyday tasks to be handled when the need for help appears, such as with bathing, dressing, maintaining the home, etc.?

At Independence-4-Seniors Home Care, we are aware that challenging family dynamics are frequently at their highest when taking care of elderly parents. Contact us at (630) 323-4665 in the Hinsdale, IL area to find out how we can help alleviate stress and provide the solutions to care that can restore peace to your family.

Posted November 14, 2017
Tags: Caregiver Health, Family Caregiving

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