How to limit Sibling Rivalry in Senior Care

by dale on January 31, 2015

sibling-relationships-caregiving.imgcache.rev1375132804688.webMany 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…]

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My top 10 List – Moving into a Retirement Community

May 8, 2014

Here is my list of the top 10 changes I saw in Mom after she moved into a retirement community.

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Aging Parent? How to Keep Your Support Network Strong!

March 29, 2014

Don’t wait for the next crisis. Take the time now to assess your support network. What changes have there been in your loved one’s life and in the lives of those who support you? Let me show you how to re-connect, re-engage and nurture those special people!

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Aging Parent? An Insider’s Guide to Assisted Living

March 19, 2014

As I reflected on my role as ED for a facility and as a caregiving daughter to my Mom, I thought of several “insider” tips that would help families as they contemplate a move to Assisted Living. Know that there is an increasing need for Assisted Living these day, and you will likely find many new facilities popping up in your area. It is critical that you do your due diligence before making the selection for your loved one.

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The Red Suitcase: “a mother-daughter movie about new beginnings”

November 24, 2013

How many of us have been transformed by an indelible experience with our aging parent? Filmmaker Dana White brings her road-trip story to life. Her film is a “tribute to her mother for being an inspiration and for having the strength to know it is never too late to start again.”

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Traveling with Alzheimer’s disease

November 3, 2013

Thomas Stern’s grandmother, Nati, taught him a lot about the ins and outs of “dementia-travel.” In this guest post, Thomas shares some ‘lessons learned’. Don’t let dementia prevent your loved one from experiencing the joy of travel and enhancing their quality of life.

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Aging in a Compassionate Community

September 22, 2013

Can you remember the last time you were the recipient of compassionate caring? What did it look like? How did it feel?
It’s exciting to know a group of professionals, members of The Michiana Gerontology Institute of Holy Cross College, plan to focus on compassion in a daylong conference on October 23 2013 at Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, Indiana. Professionals as well as the general public are invited to register for the conference.

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A Simple but Lasting Gift for your Aging Parent

September 2, 2013

It seems that most of us, caring for an aging parent, are dealing with some form of chronic disease. Thanks to a dear friend, I found the key to regaining choice and control … when for the past 9 months, my mother and I were controlled by cancer. It has nothing to do with medicine and everything to do with what is most important to my mother.

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Aging parent? Not All ‘Cancer Centers’ Are Created Equal!

August 27, 2013

I’ve been a caregiver for over 5 years now, and I still get things wrong. I falsely assumed that any medical facility that had the name “Cancer Center” (and was associated with a leading hospital) would provide integrated, holistic care to its cancer patients. Wrong!!!! Hopefully, you can learn from my mistake!

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