Houston family caregivers can benefit from planning ahead and learning to share the care when taking care of a senior loved one in their home. According to a nationwide survey conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care Network™, more than 70 percent of adults provide care to loved ones without any outside help.
The following video outlines suggestions to help family caregivers organize duties so that siblings and other family members can share in the responsibilities of providing a quality lifestyle for seniors. Although one child may invite their parents to join their household, sharing the load with other family members can help maintain harmony in a multi-generational household.
How to Share the Care When Parents Join Your Household:
1. Give each Sibling a Responsibility
It’s probably easiest for the adult child who is providing a home for their parent to provide day-to-day care such as meal preparation. Other siblings may take on the responsibility of scheduling doctor’s visits or planning social outings. And, a long-distance family member may consider scheduling an annual visit in order to provide a week’s respite care for the primary caregiver.
2. Keep Communication Open
The primary caregiver should coordinate regular communication with other family members so that all members are kept current on their parents’ health and other circumstances.
3. Consider a Sibling Support Agreement
This written document clearly outlines who pays for care, who manages household and medical bills, and any access to income that may be necessary in order to provide care.
4. Consider an Advancement Clause
Families may advance money or property to the family caregiver in order to provide compensation for time and expenses. In some case, this monetary advance can be deducted from any future inheritance.
5. Personal Care Contract
A parent may decide to award a lump sum payment to the family caregiver upon their passing in order to provide some degree of compensation.
6. Caring for the Caregiver
Proper nutrition, exercise, attention to medical care and scheduling for respite care are all important components of a family caregiver plan.
7. Join a Caregiver Support Group
Joining a group of individuals who are sharing in your journey is a terrific way to share resources, information and ideas.
Planning, communication and flexibility are key to a successful multi-generational household and these tips offer excellent points for you to consider when outlining your own family’s caregiving plan.
If you have shared your home with other generations in your family, please share tips that lightened the daily stress of caregiving.
We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in Houston, please call us at 832 379-4700 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff supervising more than 100 quality-trained home care personnel covering the Houston, Texas area.