Sunday, January 13, 2013

Elder Care In Greensboro: Engaging Your Siblings in the Care of Your Elderly Parents

By Joanne Pizzuto
When dealing with elder care or senior care in Greensboro and Burlington, families often band together to provide the care that their elderly loved ones need. In fact, it is common that siblings will work together to support their parents in their desire to continue aging in place. Oftentimes, though, it takes a great deal of effort to get siblings working together to provide such care. From geographic distance to the emotional strain of watching a parent age, there are many factors that may discourage some siblings from becoming involved in the care of their parents. The home care professionals at Always Best Care of Alamance, serving Alamance and Guilford Counties, as well as the communities of Burlington, Greensboro, Jamestown, High Point, and Roxboro, know that getting your siblings engaged in the care of your elderly loved ones is not always an easy task; however, they are certain that the following tips can assist you in your efforts to pull your siblings together and support your aging parents.

1. Ask your siblings to assist in the care of your loved ones in a personal way. Consider the strengths that your brothers and sisters possess and how, with these strengths, they may benefit your parents. For example, if your mother and brother share a love of theater, encourage your brother to assist with care on the days that he can take your mother to see a show.

2. Consider the ways in which your siblings can, individually, be of help. For instance, your sister who lives three states away may feel as though she cannot do much. To get her involved, ask her to schedule doctor’s appointments and call in prescription refills. Additionally, she may be able to handle financial responsibilities and help manage your parents’ bank account.

3. Remain sensitive to the things that your siblings value and try to find ways for them to assist without having to sacrifice the things they love. For instance, ask your sister to help with running errands and housecleaning while her kids are at school so she is free to spend time with them when they are home.

The senior care professionals at Always Best Care of Alamance know that winterizing your elderly loved one's home is an essential part of your duties as a caregiver. By creating a warm, energy-efficient living space, you can improve the quality of life of your loved one. Additionally, checking the various vents, water heaters, furnace filters, and spigots can help you enhance the safety of their property.

We at Always Best Care are attuned to your needs and equipped with the knowledge and experience to make the transition to elderly care easier on you.  It is not an easy decision to make, so we have put together an E-booklet filled with tips, advice, and general information so that you are well informed.  If you decide to contact us to assist you care for your senior, we will discuss your needs and capabilities so that the change in their life is handled delicately.  Joanne Pizutto, the owner of Always Best Care, awaits your phone call or email, whether it is today or farther down the road.

Call today (336) 512-6744

By Joanne Pizzuto

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