Senior Care: Getting Your Siblings Involved
Taking care of an elderly loved one is often a family responsibility, one that is only achieved through cooperation of siblings. Oftentimes, the majority of the responsibility falls to the shoulders of one caregiver; however, you will need the support and assistance of your siblings to ensure that you are able to maintain a balance between care giving and raising your own family. The in-home senior care professionals at Always Best Care of the Midlands and Richland and Lexington counties, including Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, and surrounding areas, understand that getting your siblings involved in the care of an elderly loved one is not always easy; however, the following tips can help you ask for assistance.
- Consider the individual contributions that your siblings can make. For instance, a brother who lives in California, when your loved one lives in South Carolina, cannot help with daily tasks. But this brother can assist with making doctor’s appointments, managing finances, and calling in prescriptions. Likewise, a sister who lives nearby can contribute by providing transportation for your loved one to and from the grocery store and other locations.
- Think about the things you need help with. Consider this scenario: You are raising two children who are both in school and your brother, who lives one neighborhood over, is single and works during the day. To best manage your time, it is most effective to ask your brother to assist with evening tasks. This way you can care for your parent during the day and spend the evening with your kids.
- Create a schedule. If your siblings are looking to you as a leader, it is important to act as one. Create a schedule that clearly identifies each person’s responsibilities. Talk to your siblings regularly regarding their availability and how they can help. Remember that schedules will change, so try to be flexible. Doing so will encourage your siblings to help, rather than make them unwilling to pitch in.
The senior care professionals at Always Best Care of the Midlands (http://midlandssc.alwaysbestcare.com/franchisee2.aspx) know that the help of your siblings is invaluable when caring for an elderly loved one. It is not always easy to get your brothers and sisters to commit to assisting with the home care that your senior needs; however, the previous tips should help you in recruiting their support. Most importantly, keep the lines of communication between you and your siblings open and honest. This will make coordinating care responsibilities much easier.
Call Charlene Richardson (803) 403 1895, or you can email her at CRichardson@abc-seniors.com, to help manage your senior care requirements today. You can also get help at www.seniorcarecolumbia.com now.
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