Wednesday Workshop – 4 Ways Siblings Can come Together for Mom and Dad
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. In a perfect world, families come together and support each other to take care of sick parents. Although, in real life, family dynamics, old rivalries and friction can come into play, only adding to the problems.
Fortunately, we’re here to tell you that there are steps you can take to pull your siblings together for Mom and Dad. Here they are:
Before a crisis or incident occurs, talk to your parents. It’s important to have a clear understanding of what your parents expect for their future. Schedule a family meeting and have your parents talk about their wishes. This ensures that everyone is on the same page and together you can define what the roles and rules will be. Talk openly about possible scenarios that may come up. For example, if Dad needs more assistance, then Sarah will set up home care. Or, if Mom is hospitalized, then Jim will go to stay with her.
2. Gather Important Documents and Information
You need to collect all the important documents and store them in one specific area. You should also know where all the bank accounts are, the insurance, title to cars, passwords, etc. Ask if you need to have your name on their accounts.
3. See Your Parents Often
Whether it’s face-to-face or through technology, try your best to see your parents often. If you live far away, use Skype or FaceTime, and make sure you teach your parents how to properly work the programs. The more you stay in touch with them, the sooner you will know if there is a problem arising.
You’re lucky you have siblings to help with care. Agree to split the job as evenly as possible. You should try to alternate weekend shifts with at least one other sibling so you don’t become burnt out. Usually, in situations where the care is divided among siblings, they don’t argue because they understand what a tough job it is and they try to always help one another get some respite.
To speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week!