Family conflict is one of those things that happens to each one of us, even if we don’t want to acknowledge it or talk about it. When you live with a group of people for an extended period, there will occasionally be disagreements, arguments, and conflict. When families have disagreements, it creates stress for those that are providing care and can make life hard for everyone.
Some conflict is healthy, but not all. Speak with a health professional if you have concerns about the conflict that your family experiences.
Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to prevent family conflict when it comes to senior care. Sometimes, family members have different goals and desired outcomes when it comes to end of life concerns. Sometimes, these are selfish reasons, but most of the time they aren’t. Most of the time, these conflicts over care occur because there’s no clear consensus regarding what is best for the family. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get someone to change her mind when she’s convinced that she’s acting in the best interests of everyone involved. This can lead to hurt feelings and deeper resentment. Patience, understanding, and compromise can all help.
One of the best ways to minimize family conflict when it comes to senior care is to work together prior to the need for care. This can help to ensure that everyone is on the same page before you go into crisis mode and feel rushed to make decisions. It also ensures that the wishes of the person in need of care are being fulfilled. When this is pursued, conflict becomes minimized because it’s no longer a matter of opinion regarding what’s best. You have a clear direction placed before you.
A living will can also help accomplish this. This is a legal document designed to convey someone’s care wishes to their caregivers if they find themselves unable to speak for themselves. If this is something that you think will benefit your family, please speak with an elder attorney regarding the issue. They will be able to guide you in the right direction and help find the right solution for your unique situation.
Care is a complex issue with many moving parts. When all parties involved are working together and communicating well with each other, giving the person you care about a great care experience becomes more of a reality. It ensures that the parts are working together in unity, efficiently toward the good of the person in need.
If you’re unsure of where to start, a high quality care service that can be adapted to meet the changing needs of your parent is a good place to begin. We can be that resource for you if you’re looking. Give us a call today to learn more about what we do and how it might be applied to your family’s needs. The right care is an important component of a well balanced team for anyone. And when you have the right team, conflict over care decisions happens with much less frequency.