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Returning Home communication resources

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I'm busy then. I can't get the time off from work. I don't know how I can possibly fit another thing into my schedule. I don't know what to do or what care to provide so I can't help.

These are all things we may think ourselves or that we may hear our family members say when it comes to caregiving responsibilities for a senior loved one.

Often the time needed for caregiving and the associated tasks can seem daunting so avoidance is the easiest answer. But we all know that avoidance doesn't get the job done.

So how can you ask for help and actually get family members to provide assistance with caregiving tasks? The following links will take you to a number of resources that outline various communications scenarios that can help you and your family come together to provide and/or get the care that a loved one needs.

  • 50-50 Rule®: Managing Sibling Dynamics Family Caregiver Webinar: Watch this webinar to help families navigate emotional situations.

  • The 50-50 Rule®: Solving Family Conflict: Tap into practical advice for helping to solve family disagreements.

  • The 70-40 Rule®: Check out this site for seniors that can help them bridge the communication gap with adult children.

  • The 40-70 Rule®: Learn more about how to broach sensitive subjects with older adults.

  • Too Close for Comfort: How do you decide whether living together or maintaining separate residences is the best option for you and an older loved one? Go here to find out more.

Download the Returning Home guide.

Download the Canadian Edition of the Returning Home: Transitional Care Guide

Last revised: April 20, 2012

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