Is Fairfax Ready for Multi-Generational Households? 8 Ways to Share the Care

September 29, 2011

senior care living optionsMore than 70 percent of adults provide care to loved ones without any outside help (according to a nationwide survey conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care Network™). A lot of them do this with multigenerational households.

The following video outlines suggestions to help family caregivers in Fairfax organize duties so that siblings and other family members can share in the responsibilities of providing a quality lifestyle for seniors.  Although one child may invite their parents to join their household,  sharing the load with other family members can help maintain harmony in a multi-generational household.

How Fairfax Caregivers can share the care when parents join your household:

  1. Give each Sibling a Responsibility – It’s probably easiest for the adult child who is providing a home for their parent to provide day-to-day care such as meal preparation.  Other siblings may take on the responsibility of scheduling doctor’s visits or planning social outings.  And, a long-distance family member may consider scheduling an annual visit in order to provide a week’s respite care for the primary caregiver.
  2. Keep Communication Open – The primary caregiver should coordinate regular communication with other family members so that all members are kept current on their parents’ health and other circumstances.
  3. Consider a Sibling Support Agreement – This written document clearly outlines who pays for care, who manages household and medical bills, and any access to income that may be necessary in order to provide care.
  4. Consider an Advancement Clause – Families may advance money or property to the family caregiver in order to provide compensation for time and expenses.  In some case, this monetary advance can be deducted from any future inheritance.
  5. Personal Care Contract – A parent may decide to award a lump sum payment to the family caregiver upon their passing in order to provide some degree of compensation.
  6. Caring for the Caregiver – Proper nutrition, exercise, attention to medical care and scheduling for respite care are all important components of a family caregiver plan.
  7. Join a Caregiver Support Group – Joining a group of individuals who are sharing in your journey is a terrific way to share resources, information and ideas.

Planning, communication and flexibility are key to a successful multi-generational household and these tips offer excellent points for you to consider when outlining your own family’s caregiving plan.

If you have shared your home with other generations in your family in Fairfax, please share tips that lightened the daily stress of caregiving below or on our Caregiver Forum

Jason Sager, Owner Home Instead Senior Care Fairfax, Virginia

We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior who could benefit from our vast array of home care services in the Fairfax area , please call us at 703.750.6644, or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff of trained and certified home care personnel covering the Fairfax County, Virginia area.

Alisa Meredith, Writer

Guest writer Alisa Meredith is a blogger and social media professional with Scalable Social Media. Every once in a while, someone at Home Instead does something that compels her to stop Tweeting and write something real! This is one of those times.

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