HELP Siblings in Dysfunctional Families
To help adult siblings in dysfunctional families change and work towards filial maturity the geriatric care manager must move on all fronts. A family meeting is one of a care manager’s best tools.
Research shows that siblings constructing care decisions as a group make decisions that better respect their parent’s autonomy than a single sibling making decisions alone. Group decisions offer checks and balances together to ensure the parent’s view is respected. Besides adult siblings, it is probably true for all family members. By including the family, whoever that may be (partners, siblings, friends, spouses, or ex-spouses), as a group, the care manager will be able better able to advocate for the older client because those group checks and balances are present.
Help Siblings- Set Up Family Meetings
So, when a critical decision needs to be made about an old person, a family meeting is a choice that a geriatric care manager should consider. This decision might be moving a client to a higher level of care or replacing a caregiving system, especially one family member replacing another.
Family meetings are generally beneficial for planning interventions and set goals. Achieving either of these is supremely difficult in a dysfunctional family.
An aging life or geriatric care manager must have at least 5 years of experience, a background in family dynamics, and be certified. by a certification body like NACCM If not, turn this over to an elder mediator.
Find Out How To Facilitate a Family Meeting
Find out more about how to run a family meeting and intervention with dysfunctional families in my book Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, 4th edition
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