Caring for an elderly loved one can be a rewarding experience for the family, as it gives them time to bond with that person and keeps the loved one comfortable at home. However, it can also be a stressful situation. Siblings may find themselves in conflict with one another about the best way to manage the situation.
Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Perth Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. Here are a few ways to prevent sibling caregiver conflicts.
Involve Your Loved One in Making Important Decisions
There are a number of topics siblings may fight about such as money, living arrangements, scheduling, medical care, and what happens after your loved one’s death. If your loved one is still mentally strong enough to make decisions, allow him or her to be part of the conversation. This way, you can abide by his or her wishes and avoid having an argument over which sibling is right or wrong.
Let Go of Non-Emergency Situations
When you see a sibling doing something differently from the way you do it, you may be tempted to speak out, but try to think twice before you do. Is your sibling’s way of doing it causing harm to your loved one? Is there a safety issue or is it an emergency? Is your loved one complaining? If the answer to all of these questions is “no,” try to accept that the two of you have different ways of doing things.
Seek Outside Emotional Support
Sometimes, you just need to vent your feelings out in the open, but venting to your senior loved one or your siblings could lead to conflict and unnecessary stress. Be sure you always have outside emotional support from someone who will listen to what you have to say without judgement. It could be a friend, a spouse, or even a support group for family caregivers.
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Set Up Communication Meetings
Communication is one of the most important aspects of keeping caregiving conflicts at bay. If you and your siblings only see each other in passing, misunderstandings are sure to develop. Set up a time once a month or once a week to meet and discuss the situation, including new developments or concerns you have. Do it in a neutral location, such as a local coffee shop or restaurant.
Focus on One Another’s Strengths
Each member of your family has unique strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes, recognising and working around those strengths can help prevent conflict. For example, if your sibling is good with numbers, allow him or her to manage budgeting and bill paying. Avoid burdening one sibling with all the caregiving duties. For instance, if you have an unmarried sibling who doesn’t have any children, do not insist he or she must perform most of the caregiving duties.
Bring in a Third Party
Sometimes, when there is too much conflict, a third party may be the answer. He or she can come in to assess the situation and make suggestions based on everyone’s needs and ideas. Consider asking a trusted medical care provider, member of the clergy, social worker, a family friend, or anyone else with experience in senior care.
When choosing a third party, you should also consider hiring a professional caregiver. Get in touch with Home Care Assistance to find out how a Perth, WA, caregiver can help your ageing loved one live a longer, healthier, and happier life. Our caregivers are available 24/7, all of our senior care services come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts. To hire a dedicated caregiver for your ageing loved one, call us today at [hca_phone].