Taking care of an aging family member who’s still living at home, like an elderly parent, is both rewarding and tiring. When your loved one has a chronic illness, or is beginning to experience cognitive impairment, it further complicates the issue. In most instances an adult daughter who lives nearby serves as a parent’s primary caregiver. But at some point the burden of caregiving eventually starts wearing them down. Exhaustion or even caregiver “burnout” becomes a real possibility. If you are currently in this situation, one of the ways to prevent caregiver burnout is to ask your family members to share caregiving responsibilities. But getting family members to pitch in can sometimes be frustrating, and relationships can get permanently damaged if you’re not careful. In order to facilitate a smoother recruitment process, use these proven steps.
Consider the Family Dynamics
All families are complicated and nobody’s perfect. Understand that your siblings may not see things the way that you do, and that doesn’t make them bad people. Strained relationships and sibling rivalries are common. Try accepting all your siblings for who they really are. Consider your roles within the family while growing up. Each child probably had a unique relationship with your parents when they were younger that may