Sibling Issues in Caregiving Articles
Sibling Relationships: Resolving Issues While Caring for Parents
Issues between siblings often seem to come to a head when a parent begins requiring care. Use these pointers to improve your communication, minimize dysfunction and recognize when it’s time to set boundaries.53 Comments
Top 3 Excuses From Siblings Who Don't Help With Caregiving
It can be disheartening when you reach out to siblings for help and support, but they only offer up excuses. Take an objective look at their reasons for staying at arm’s length and learn how you can get everyone on the same page.448 Comments
Our family can't agree on whether or not mom should move to assisted living. What's the solution?
My elderly mother has dementia. How do I get my siblings to stop fighting me about moving mom to assisted living? We are at a standstill.5 Comments
Siblings Who Feel Shut Out of Caregiving
While MIA siblings are the overwhelming norm, some families have very different experiences. This article offers a glimpse into another perspective on caregiving: that oft maligned long-distance siblings may actually be excluded by primary caregivers.78 Comments
Getting Your Siblings to Help With Caregiving
Caregiving duties often fall to just one adult child. Use these communication techniques to convey the gravity of this responsibility and convince your siblings to lend a hand.100 Comments
How I Stopped Resenting My Siblings as a Family Caregiver
A personal story from a family caregiver explores how she let go of the anger, resentment, and jealousy toward siblings that was damaging her family relationships as well as hindering her ability to care for her aging parents.72 Comments
Patty Andrews' Passing: A Lesson in Why You Should Always Forgive
Patty Andrews, the last member of the singing group, the Andrews Sisters, has died. Her unresolved conflict with her sisters offers a lesson in why you should always forgive your siblings.51 Comments
Siblings in Denial About a Parent's Declining Health
Why are some siblings in denial about a parent's decline? They might not want to face the fact their parent is getting old and going to die. They might not want to get involved in caregiving. They may have other problems in life that are taking precedent.42 Comments
How can I give my sibling a break from caregiving when I live far away?
Caregivers know the elder they are caring for is used to the way they do things and will be upset by change, yet they desperately need a break from their duties.15 Comments
How can I get my passive sibling to help me with the care of our elderly parents?
My only sibling, my older brother, only lived a half-hour away from Mom & Dad and I lived over 400 miles, yet I was the one who gave up my life for a year to go take care for them… but… I’m not bitter about it!13 Comments
Amy Grant Strengthens Faith, Confronts Fear as a Family Caregiver
Amy Grant, the best-selling Christian music performer in history, shares how she and her family find solace while witnessing the decline of two parents with dementia.14 Comments
Stepfamily Can Increase Caregiver Stress, Here's How to Handle It
New research shows that unhelpful stepfamily members can increase caregiver stress astronomically. Here are some tips for keeping the peace during difficult discussions.0 Comments
An Unnecessary Death
The circumstances that led to my sister's preventable death were tragic, especially the one seemingly-minor decision that precipitated her cancer.8 Comments
When Family Members Feud Over Power of Attorney
Power of attorney forms are a crucial part of planning for future health care needs and financial decisions, but it is important to understand how these legal documents can be drafted and the effects they can have on family relationships.117 Comments
Paying for Senior Housing: When Siblings Split Cost What Is Fair?
The reality is that when it comes to assisted living, most families pay their own way. This, of course, can cause issues within the extended family context, especially if some siblings are wealthier than others.5 Comments
Family Won’t Help With Caregiving? How to Change Their Mind
Caregivers often don't ask family members for the help they need, for fear of conflict. Here's how to get them to help you with your elderly mother and father and maintain the peace.42 Comments
I'm fighting with my sibling about caring for our parents. What can I do?
If your family is unable to resolve caregiving disputes by talking them over in the family, it may be time to consider an outside source of help: elder mediation.14 Comments
What to Do When Siblings Can't Agree on a Parent's Care Needs
When sibling disputes get in the way of elderly parent's care, outside help might be needed. Elder care mediation, counseling and geriatric care managers are options for families.27 Comments
Siblings Who Care More About The Inheritance Than Parents' Care
What to do if your siblings care more about getting an inheritance than giving your elderly mom or dad the quality care they need and deserve?241 Comments
Handling Sibling Criticism During the Holidays
Sometimes family members come to holiday get-togethers bearing more than just gifts. Learn how to keep the peace and avoid family drama this year.81 Comments