How do you avoid a family feud during caregiving, an experience that seems to bring out the worst in the family?
The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers (NAPGCM) asked its members–professionals who work with older people, people with disabilities and families who need assistance with caregiving issues–that very question (How do you avoid a family feud during caregiving?). The top five tips from the surveyed geriatric care managers include:
1. Give each family member opportunity to voice their concerns, questions and ideas.
2. Hold a family meeting (either in person, on Skype or by phone) to plan for emergencies or the future. Using an objective facilitator can be helpful.
3. Identify areas of agreement (i.e. areas of common concerns, desire for a caree to age in place, safety) and disagreement (i.e., need for caregivers, who will be the caregivers, staying at home or moving to a care facility) among family members.
4. Keep lines of communication open.
5. Identify the roles each family member will play (i.e., driving, cooking, live-in, financial support, spokesperson, errands, housecleaning, gardening, outings, etc.).
What do you think? What tips would you add? Which tips worked for you and which didn’t? Please share in our comments section, below.
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- Caring for Your Health as a Caregiver Is Vital (caregiving.com)