Communication gaps frequently exist between caregiver and the loved ones for whom they care. More often, however, communication gaps occur between caregivers and other family members. A caregiver may feel unduly criticized by a sibling for the manner in which she or he is giving care; alternatively, a sibling may feel blamed for not offering more assistance when the caregiver has not asked for such help.
These are just a few of the issues that can come up due to communication failures. Learning how to facilitate successful communication between family members is vital for all those taking care of elderly individuals.
In order to help, Home Instead Senior Care’s continuing Family Caregiver Support series is offering an important online seminar on “Solving Communications Issues within Families” on Wednesday, April 8.
The monthly Family Caregiver Support series explores topics that are of special interest to home caregivers and the seniors for whom they care. As with previous entries in this series, this webinar begins at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (12:00 noon Central, 1:00 p.m. Eastern).
The “Solving Communications Issues within Families” webinar will present information on how to develop strategies to strengthen family ties rather than weaken them and sow dissension and ill feelings.
Goals for home caregivers who participate in the April 8 webinar will include:
- Understanding the 50/50 Rule
- Identifying common hot-button topics that often cause highly emotional discussions
- Describing ways to help siblings cope with the demands of family caregiving
- Understanding ways to avoid or overcome sibling conflicts.
Molly Carpenter, an author, speaker, trainer, and family caregiver who brings years of personal and professional elder care experience and training to the subject, will lead the “Solving Communications Issues within Families ” webinar. Ms. Carpenter holds a bachelor of science degree in family science with a gerontology specialization and a master’s degree in education with a gerontology specialization.
The Family Caregiver Support Series will continue on May 6 with a session on “Living at Home with Arthritis.”