Many thanks to Fay Wein, a content marketing and communications specialist at Senior Planning Services, for the following guest post. (To learn more about Fay, see her contact information at the end of this post.)
Sibling roles and family dynamics are usually aggravated when there is a nerve-wracking or stressful family dilemma to deal with. Caring for an elderly parent and deciding who does what and how to divide the inheritance can present such a scenario. If not handled properly, these questions can lead to rancorous divided among once-close siblings. Here are several tips on reducing the tension and arriving at productive healthcare decisions:
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In past years at the end of December, I usually posted my “top five” most read blog posts of the year. This year I will be writing a different kind of article.
Many of you have noticed my lack of writing … due to another year of intense caregiving challenge and crisis. As I share a bit about my journey, I also want to leave you with some lessons learned that may help you in the future.
For me, 2014 started in a fury of work and caregiving. I led the start-up of our area’s first memory care assisted living community. The specially designed building, programming, staffing, training, and family education was truly a dream come true for our community-at-large and for me, its administrator. The opening in February was bittersweet in that my mother took a turn for the worse. Her year battle with stage 4 colon cancer seemed to be at an end. Actually it seemed that the IV chemo would kill her before the cancer did. [click to continue…]