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Just when you thought that family caregiving couldn't get more complicated, a new issue seems to pop up. And you're left wondering what to do. How do you begin to talk with your elderly mom about getting more help? When do you discuss with your dad giving up the car keys? What do you say to your brothers and sisters when you're stuck with all the caregiving and you can't count on your siblings to assist? When you're a family caregiver, the list of possible caregiver questions and issues is endless.


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Conversation Starter Guides

Download these easy-to-read guides from Home Instead Senior Care and author and communications expert Dr. Jake Harwood. These guides includes common family situations and sensitive circumstances that often pose communication problems for both older adults and their children or loved ones.

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70-40 Rule®: Communication Assessment

The following informational assessment tool has been developed by Home Instead Senior Care for seniors age 70 and older who would like to improve their communications with their adult children. We invite you to complete this 15-question quiz to determine the quality of your conversations.

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Download the The 50-50 Rule® Brochure

This guide is designed to help adult siblings and their aging parents deal with those sensitive situations that arise among brothers and sisters as their parents age and need assistance. The guide covers a variety of sibling caregiving topics such as: How do you divide workload with your sister? What's the best way to build teamwork with your brothers? How can you reach agreement as a family on important topics to avoid family conflict?

Checklist For sibling family caregivers

Checklist for Sibling Family Caregivers

Caring for an aging parent isn't simple, but this straightforward checklist, along with links to resources for more information, can help you breakdown and organize what can feel like an overwhelming responsibility.

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Conversation Starter Guides

Download these easy-to-read guides from Home Instead Senior Care and author and communications expert Dr. Jake Harwood. These guides include common family situations and sensitive circumstances that often pose communication problems for both older adults and their children or loved ones.

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40-70 Rule®: Executive Summary

Independent research by Home Instead Senior Care® of 1000 U.S and 500 Canadian Baby Boomers provided new insights into the dynamics of the conversations which do — and do not — take place between Boomers and their aging parents. This first-of-its-kind study revealed obstacles to communication and solutions that would substantially improve communication and the quality of life for both generations.

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40/70 Rule®: Communication Assessment

An informational tool has been developed by Home Instead Senior Care for adults who have parents over the age of 70. We invite you to complete this 15-question quiz to determine the quality of your parental conversations.

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40-70 Rule®: Additional Resources

These additional resources where you may find helpful information regarding communicating with your senior parent or loved one.

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