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Competing for Caregiving

On Thursday morning, Anna Stookey joined me on Your Caregiving Journey. We discussed a topic suggested by a listener: What do we do when we find ourselves competing for caregiving with a family member? You can listen to our show via the player below.

We discussed a scenario that could involve a mother and daughter-in-law struggling over their place in caring for their son and husband. Anna said that when we compete over tasks, we’re really competing for the love. If you find yourself in a similar situation, Anna suggested having a honest conversation with your family member saying something like this, “I’m feeling uncomfortable about our situation. We seem to be at odds rather than on the same team. What do you think?”

Anna and I will continue our conversation during our next show; we’ll talk about competing over caregiving with the staff you hire either at home or in a long-term care facility. I’ll let you know when we’ve scheduled our next show.

Have you found yourself in a similar situation? Have you found yourself looking at a family member like a threat rather than a help? How did you hang up the boxing gloves? Please share your experiences in our comments section, below.

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

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