May 11, 2018
You might think that if you have siblings, you automatically will have help when it comes to taking care of an elderly adult. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. Often one sibling is left with the vast majority of the responsibility of caring for the aging parent and can begin to feel bitter and resentful towards their siblings.
Even if you have not developed these feelings, it is likely you were feeling overwhelmed, and know both you and your aging parent would benefit from having more help. Taking the step to approach your siblings and talk about this need can be the first step toward reducing your stress and enhancing your parent’s lifestyle as they age in place.
Use these tips to help you talk to your siblings about helping you with family caregiving responsibilities:
If your aging parent has been dealing with new challenges and limitations, your ability to care for them has changed and you no longer feel as though you are fulfilling their needs effectively, or you simply believe they would benefit from more diversified care, now may be the ideal time to consider starting elderly care for them.
With elderly care, your aging parent will have customized access to the care, support, and assistance that they need, on the schedule that is right for them. Through these services, the elderly home care services provider can help your parent to stay happy, healthy, safe, and independent, while also pursuing a lifestyle that is active and fulfilling. Personalized services can include transportation, meal preparation, assistance with housekeeping tasks, support for personal care needs such as bathing and grooming, companionship, medication reminders, and more.