Family conflicts are common when it comes to caring for an aging parent. If you’re involved in caring for a senior loved one, it’s essential to have productive family meetings to develop the best care plan. Here are some tips to use when you hold a family meeting about your elderly parent.
Involve Your Loved One
Sometimes family members get so caught up in their own opinions they forget the person who is truly affected by their decisions. Ideally, you should have conversations with your parent about how he or she prefers for you and your siblings to address his or her care. If you’ve already discussed this, defer to your loved one’s prior decisions and ask if he or she would like anything changed. If possible, while your loved one is still able to think and communicate clearly, involve him or her in the big decisions regarding where to live and who will be the primary caregiver.
Caring for senior loved ones can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care.
Set Aside Personal Differences
Families are complicated, and siblings often have histories with one another that can sometimes make it hard to communicate. Those differences must be put aside for now, and the focus should be on making sure your parent has everything he or she needs. You and your siblings may even be surprised to discover you’ve changed for the better.
If family members aren’t able to help with providing care for your parent, consider hiring a professional home caregiver. Flower Mound senior home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.
Seek Advice from a Neutral Party
Fighting with your siblings over who your parent will live with or who will help him or her bathe is counterproductive. If you and your siblings cannot reach an agreement, ask a neutral party to attend your family meeting to help with these and other decisions. Your parent’s physician can talk to your family about your parent’s special needs and how you can reduce his or her risk of falling in the home or minimize the effects of memory loss on safety and overall health. Consider having a home assessment before the meeting to determine the types of services your loved one needs. Seeking professional advice can help your family make decisions about things such as transportation and personal hygiene.
Schedule Follow-Up Meetings
Once there’s a basic care plan in place, it’s important for everyone involved to know changes are sometimes necessary due to a new health diagnosis or added personal responsibilities on the primary caregiver. Hold regular follow-up meetings where each family member can voice his or her concerns and talk about how he or she is adjusting. If necessary, provide support to a sibling who is facing challenges so you can reduce negative emotions that could lead to conflicts in the future.
Whether you need respite from your caregiving duties or your aging loved one needs live-in care, Flower Mound, TX, Home Care Assistance can meet your family’s care needs. Our dedicated caregivers are available around the clock to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, ensure seniors take their prescribed medications, and help with a variety of tasks in and outside the home. Call (972) 468-6010 to speak with a Care Manager about customizing a care plan for your loved one.