Family meetings can do a lot for you and your elderly loved one, but how you handle those meetings makes a big difference. Try some of these ideas to see how they help.
Give Other Family Members a Chance to Volunteer to Help.
Sometimes as a caregiver, you know exactly what needs to be done and so you start to believe that other people do, too. Or maybe you’ve shared your “to do” list a thousand times and yet you’ve had a tough time getting any help with it. It can be difficult to do, but give your other family members a chance to pitch in. Often, when they’re ready, they’ll pitch in completely.
Communication Is Key.
The flip side of this problem can be that you may not have fully shared everything that you need help with. It’s important to communicate that information clearly to your other family members. If you have help from elderly care providers, for example, your other family members may not fully understand that there are still items you need help managing. So being as clear and concise as possible can help.
Express Gratitude for Any Help that You Get.
When you do receive help from your other family members, make sure that you let them know that you appreciate the help that they gave you. Gratitude is powerful and your other family members are more likely to respond positively when they feel your genuinely thankful response.
Schedule Meetings Regularly.
Consistency is key with having productive family meetings about your loved one’s care. If your other family members don’t know what to expect or when to expect it, they’re going to be haphazard in how they offer you additional help, too.
Don’t Pressure Anyone.
It’s also important to avoid pressuring anyone into helping you or your loved one. You might feel as if that’s a solid way to get the results that you want, but pressuring someone is more likely to make them dig in their heels. Keep in mind how you’d want to be treated in their place.
If you’re still feeling that the meetings aren’t going as well as they should, ask your other family members what their expectations are from the meetings and from you.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Sugar Land, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
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