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40-70 Rule® - Caught in the Middle

Senior care professionals are often caught in the middle when families can't agree. That's where the 40/70 Rule® programs and emotional support services can help. This program is offered to develop open discussions between families when it comes to providing care to parents and other various senior needs. Older adults and their families often look to professionals like you for practical resources and tips to help them bridge the communication gap.

My mother-in-law is a hoarder. This leads to arguments with her, and with my husband, over concerns about food safety and health. I think she needs homecare but my husband won't decide. What do I do?

Question: My husband and I are both in our forties and we have three children. Two are at home, ages 16 and 12. My mother-in-law, 84, lives alone in a house in our small town. We are on their farm. She is and always has been a hoarder. The issue is food safety and health.…

My brother has Lou Gehrig's and his wife is an excellent caregiver. But now she refuses to have us visit. Should we arrive unannounced, so we can say our farewells?

Question:  My brother was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's in May 2010 and has deteriorated a lot in last six months. His wife is an excellent caregiver, 24/7, as he now needs everything done. He now has swallowing and breathing problems, and must decide whether to have a feeding tube. His wife has been refusing assistance from…

My mom needs 24/7 care but lately she's become extremely manipulative and demanding. I don't want her to suffer but I'm overwhelmed. What can I do?

Question: I've been my mother's primary in-home caregiver for the last 2.5 years. She requires 24/7 hour care for many health issues. Lately, she's become extremely manipulative by moaning and crying out at night, having me running to her side continually. Her cries are disturbing to me and I want to help her, but at…

How do I talk to my father about his end-of-life plans?

Question:  My father was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. I want to talk with him about what he would like for his end-of-life plans but I don't have any idea how to start the conversation. He never has liked to talk about personal things. Do you have any ideas about how I can approach this? …

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