March 11, 2011

Sibling Caregiver Hot Buttons

Filed under: Uncategorized — seniorlivingguide @ 3:02 pm

Caregiving can be stressful under any circumstance. But when certain situations arise, oftentimes unexpectedly, even the most organized brothers and sisters can be thrown into turmoil. Perhaps you’ve encountered these caregiving hot-button issues in your own family.

1.   Illness: A senior loved one who becomes ill or faces declining health can leave a family facing all sorts of potentially difficult issues. Family members’ differing opinions and the changing needs of a senior can exacerbate the situation.

2.   Money: Money matters often complicate life for seniors as well as their adult children. Families can be forced to make tough caregiving decisions when their loved ones’ finances factor into the equation.

3.   Inheritance: While some families contend with a lack of funds to provide care for their loved ones, others have the temptation of a family inheritance influencing their decisions.

4.   Distance: While absence may make the heart grow fonder, it certainly doesn’t make life easier for a family caregiver. The siblings who live in the same town or city as their parents may be stuck with most of the caregiver work.

5.   Stress: Life is stressful and family caregiving oftentimes makes it more so. Adult caregivers who have started a new job, are raising children or caring for their own spouse can soon become overwhelmed when elderly family members need help. Those who are bearing the brunt of caregiving may resent siblings who are unable or unwilling to help.
There are many other issues that can cause strife for adult siblings who are caring for their parents. Home Instead Senior Care’s new 50-50 RuleSM program for siblings includes a guide of family situations and practical advice on ways to address those situations and additional resources at

Please contact your local Home Instead Senior Care office for more information or to schedule a no-cost in-home consultation to learn more about how we can help you and your parents.


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