Magazine article Work & Family Life

How Other Family Members Can Help out with Elder Care

Magazine article Work & Family Life

How Other Family Members Can Help out with Elder Care

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Those who provide primary care for an older relative often complain that other family members aren't helping enough. Sometimes relatives would like to be supportive, but don't know what to do. Here are some suggestions from Denise Brown, editor of the newsletter Caregiving, for ways to involve other relatives and friends:

ASK YOUR GROWN DAUGHTER OR SON TO HELP OUT WITH GROCERY SHOPPING. Tell her or him that once a week you will e-mail or fax a list of the items you need.

ASK YOUR BROTHER OR SISTER TO CALL YOUR PARENT ON A REGULAR BASIS. Let him or her tell you what he/she can commit to. If it's only every other week for 15 minutes, that's okay. If you accept your sibling's limitations, you (and your parent) will be less likely to be disappointed.

ASK YOUR COUSIN TO WRITE YOUR AUNT ONCE A WEEK. It doesn't have to be a long letter every time. Just say how much your aunt looks forward to your cousin's news. …

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