Caring for an aging parent can be a challenge, especially when you and your siblings have conflicting opinions on how to best care for them. Having multiple caregivers can be good for your parents, but it also presents a number of challenges between your family members.

Reducing Tensions

The best way to reduce conflicts is to make sure that everyone has a role to play in your loved one’s care. Work with your siblings to create a schedule and plan for how each sibling will help out your aging parent. One may take on more of a fiscal responsibility, while another may want to take on a more hands-on role. You can reduce conflict by spreading the responsibility of care across multiple family members. You can also make it easier on all of you by hiring a home health aide to take on some of the daily care needs of your parent.

Care Strategy Conflicts

Not everyone in the family may agree on what is best for an aging parent. It can be hard at times to figure out the best course of action for your loved one; especially when multiple siblings want to have a say. It is best to check with your parent, to see what he or she wants. Talk with their physicians as well. Often a doctor’s insight can clear up conflicts regarding your loved one’s health.

Long-Distance Siblings

When a sibling does not live close to the aging parent, they can still pull their weight in a number of ways. Fiscal responsibilities can, in many cases, be handled online. Video chat and phone calls can be a great way to reach an aging parent from anywhere, and check in on them. Coordinating with siblings long-distance can ensure that everyone’s desires are addressed in the care of your parent.

In-Home Care

When everyone has their own careers, families, and daily errands, it can be hard to find the time to care for an aging parent, even as a team. Hiring a home health aide can ensure that your loved one’s needs are met, even when your family members can’t be there. For over 53 years, SafeHarbor Healthcare Services have been pairing families with quality home health care professionals. Our home health aides and nurses can work with you and your siblings to ensure that your loved one is taken care of.

Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical or healthcare advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
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