Wednesday Workshop – Ways the Family Can Come Together to Care for Mom
Hello and welcome to Wednesday Workshop. If you’re a primary caregiver to a loved one, then there will be times when you feel like you’re “doing it all”. In a perfect world, families come together and support each other to take care of an ill or aging parent. Although, in real life, many factors can come into play.
Fortunately, we’re here to tell you that there are steps you can take to come together for your parent(s).
Before a major crisis occurs, talk to your parents! It’s important to have a clear understanding of what your loved one expects for their future. To ensure the whole family is on the same page, schedule a family meeting to discuss your parent’s wishes. Use this opportunity to talk openly and discuss ideas.
- Assemble a support team
People need to recognize and use their strengths. If someone in the family has experience with financial and legal matters, he or she could help with wills, bank accounts and bill paying. One person may want to be in charge of the doctor appointments, medications, and medical needs.
- Set up a schedule
When family members come around and offer to help, accept it and schedule it! Once you get confirmation from the person, schedule some time for yourself. If their time with your loved one wasn’t too rough for them, then consider setting up a weekly or monthly schedule with them. Together, you both can map out who will be responsible on what days.
- See your loved one 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 more you can help!
To learn more or to speak with us here at the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center
Feel free to call us at (877) 760-9199 or email us below. Thanks for watching today’s Wednesday Workshop and we’ll see you again next week.