The Australian - - LIFE - Source: Home In­stead Se­nior Care

Talk to your par­ents. It’s cru­cial to com­mu­ni­cate with your par­ents and un­der­stand their needs. Se­niors of­ten are fiercely pro­tec­tive of their in­de­pen­dence and even may refuse help

Do your home­work. It is im­por­tant for you and your sib­lings to first iden­tify the types of ser­vices that your par­ent needs

Plan ahead. Once you’ve iden­ti­fied your par­ents’ needs and ex­plored what the avail­able re­sources are, you can start plan­ning how to share the load

Be flex­i­ble. It is im­por­tant not to in­sist that all care­giv­ing tasks be split down the mid­dle. The division of care should take into ac­count the fam­ily mem­ber’s in­ter­ests, skills and avail­abil­ity The needs of your par­ent/s will also change across time

Talk to each other. It’s vi­tal to com­mu­ni­cate if you are feel­ing over­whelmed with the stress of car­ing for a par­ent. If you’re strug­gling to cope, call a meet­ing with your si­b­ling/s to dis­cuss how they can as­sist

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