Talk to a Care Advisor

1-800-955-8510

Caregiving is a Family Affair

When Mom or Dad or another older relative needs help, the whole family is affected. Flexibility, availability and putting egos and family dynamics aside as much as possible are keys to successful senior caregiving – the kind that helps the individual who needs care – minimizes negative feelings, and often rebuilds or strengthens family relationships.

Caregiving is rarely fairly balanced. The expectation needs to be that everyone in the family will help in some way by using their strengths and available time and resources.        

Some strategies that will help your family to come together in a positive way for the benefit of a loved one are:

● Keep lines of communication open so resentments do not build up and expectations remain clear.

● Respect one another’s skills and contributions. Not everyone is good at the same task, so find what each person is good at and use that in determining caregiving roles and jobs.

● Maintain a positive attitude and a sense of humor. When we can laugh at situations, it is much easier to continue doing work that may be emotionally difficult.

● Remember there are many different ways to accomplish any task. As long as the need is met, be open to how others want to do things.

● Ask for help. Congregations, neighbors, friends and agencies are available to assist in this journey. If you reach an impasse or just need some advice, a geriatric care manager can be a third, neutral party to listen to all perspectives, suggest a plan of action and provide links to needed resources.

Putting all the pieces together to meet an elder loved ones needs can be very rewarding and a tremendous gift that family members can give, not only to their loved one, but also to each other.

Editor’s Note: Article submitted by Gretchen Funk, MSW, Manager of the FiftyForward Care Team. 615-743-3436, gfunk@fiftyforwardorg or visit www.fiftyforward.org

Comments

Related Articles

13 Top Films of the 1980s

Here is Senior Directory's list of the 13 top films from the 1980's. There might be...

Read Full Article

13 Top Films of the 1970’s

Here is Senior Directory's list of the top 13 films from the 1970's.  I wonder,...

Read Full Article

A Dozen Ways Seniors Can Save Money

Whatever method work best for you, here are a dozen money-saving tips that seniors can...

Read Full Article

Tips on Assisting an Elderly Parent in The Bathroom

Helping an elderly parent use the bathroom might be the most uncomfortable part of being a...

Read Full Article

Contingency Plan for a Solo Full-Time Caregiver

Aaron Ainbinder, author of “Just Before the Stroke of Seven”, elaborates why a...

Read Full Article

The Pros and Cons of Solo, Full-Time Caregiving

Aaron Ainbinder, author of “Just Before the Stroke of Seven”, discusses the pros...

Read Full Article

How to Not Lose Your Identity from Being a Caregiver

Are you one of the 40.5 million people in the United States who provide unpaid caregiving...

Read Full Article

How Can Driving Help Seniors Stay Mentally Healthy?

One reason why older adults might consider driving as long as they can: their mental health...

Read Full Article

13 Critical Tips When Caring for an Elderly Family Member

Caring for an elderly loved one is not easy and can even lead to caregiver burnout! The...

Read Full Article

Legal Battles that Caregivers of Seniors Should be Ready For

In this article, we discuss some of the possible legal battles that a caregiver might face...

Read Full Article

Order your printed copy of Senior Directory today!

Still enjoy flipping through the pages of a printed copy? So do we! Click on the button below to start receiving Senior Directory right at your doorstep!

Order Your Copy

I prefer the digital copy, please.

Speak to one of our advisors 1-800-955-8510