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August 31, 2016

Getting Your Siblings Involved in Your Parent’s Care after an Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis

Homecare Cicero IL

Homecare Cicero IL

September is Alzheimer’s Month, the ideal opportunity for you to focus your caregiver efforts on learning more about Alzheimer’s disease and making meaningful changes to your homecare plan so that your parent can get the care, support, and assistance that they need throughout their progression with the disease. If your elderly parent has recently received a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, or they have been progressing for some time and have recently experienced worsening of their symptoms, now is the time for you to reach out to those around you and ensure that you have all of the help that you need to give your parent the homecare they deserve.

One issue that you may need to face during this time is getting your siblings more involved in your parent’s care. Many people believe that those who have siblings automatically have an easier time with their caregiver efforts because they have “built-in” help to guide them through. This, however, is not necessarily the case. You may have siblings who have not been involved in the care up until this point, or who have never expressed any desire to be a part of the care. This can make your efforts more stressful and challenging rather than easier. Taking the time to confront this issue, however, can help you to get more support and help with your homecare efforts, and improve the quality of care that your senior receives.

Use these tips to help get your siblings more involved in your parent’s care after their Alzheimer’s diagnosis:

• Be upfront with them. Do not assume that your siblings understand the challenges that your parent is facing. They might not realize that they have received such a diagnosis or what this diagnosis means. They may believe that the disease is still so early that it is not really making much of an impact on your parent’s health or care needs. Be upfront and honest with your siblings and make sure that they know not only that your parent is dealing with this disease, but that they need care.

• Tell them that you need help. You cannot expect that your siblings will know that you need help or be able to give you the help that you need if you do not tell them. Be willing to openly and honestly tell your siblings that you need their help. Even if this is uncomfortable, it will set the stage for more honest conversation later.

• Recommend involvement. Even if your siblings are willing to help, they might not know what they should do. Sit down and write out all of the different care efforts that you regularly put forth for your parent and try to determine which of them might be right for each of your siblings so that you can give them these recommendations. This can be that one takes on transportation responsibilities, one comes to the home a few times a week to help your parent bathe, and another helps with meals. If spreading out the responsibilities this way is not an option, consider recommending that you hire an elder homecare provider. Your siblings can contribute to paying for the elderly homecare services provider and you can continue to act as primary caregiver and manager of their care efforts. This relieves your stress while not pushing your siblings to do more than they are comfortable with according to their own limitations.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Homecare Services in Cicero IL, please contact the caring staff at Big Hearts Home Care today! 

Matthew Calcagno

Matthew is a graduate of Robert Morris College and is a U.S. Navy veteran.Matthew founded Big Hearts Home Care after over a decade at HP. Spending time volunteering at his grandparent’s senior center inspired him to make a bigger difference in the quality of care seniors receive.His grandfather whom turned 100 in 2015 is still a major inspiration to him in seeing that service is provided with a family focused touch.

It is his passion and commitment to providing quality service that has awarded Big Hearts Home Care as Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice in the Chicagoland area. He believes that being an independently owned and operated company allows him the flexibility to manage the business in a way that better serves the clients.


"Helping people is what I was meant to do; it inspires and motivates me," Calcagno said. "I also get to help veterans - assisting them in the VA pension process and providing care for several in the area. This is what I love to do."

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