Siblings Not Natural Caregivers? They Can Still Help.
If you’ve taken over caregiver responsibilities because your siblings just aren’t naturally good at it, that doesn’t mean they can’t learn, suggests fellow caregiver Ruth Johnson in The Times News, a North Carolina newspaper. At least maybe they can give you a little respite.
Responding to a female reader who says her brothers aren’t “very adept” caregivers, Johnson advises:
Since your brothers are available but not involved, it’s time to get together with them for a genial conversation about your mother’s care. Few men are naturally adept as caregivers, but they can learn. Certainly, they can take turns sitting with your mother several evenings each week. In time, they may feel comfortable providing care for an entire day.
Johnson also suggests that the brothers could pay for respite care at least one weekend a month.
Do you agree with Johnson that “few men naturally adept at caregiving”?
Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.