Home Care Services and Family Senior Care Conflicts in Grand Rapids, MI

If you are considering implementing home care services for your aging parents, you may want to prepare yourself for family conflicts. Studies have indicated that family caregivers often note family conflicts and difficult family dynamics as one of the most challenging and exhausting aspects of ongoing senior care. You may find that the financial, emotional and even legal elements of establishing home care services for your aging parents could intensify family conflicts that you are already experiencing, or bring up conflicts that you were not expecting. This does not have to mean that hiring an in home care provider has to be a divisive decision for you and your siblings. Preparing yourself for these conflicts and having plans in mind can help you to face the potential of family conflicts and in sure that the home care services you hire for your aging parents are a positive and beneficial addition to their lives.

Home Care Services in Grand Rapids, MIOften it is not actually the home care services themselves that bring about family conflicts over senior care arrangements. Siblings will sometimes use your decisions regarding the in home health care services for your parents as an excuse to bring up conflicts and tensions that exist from the past. On the other hand, you may encounter conflicts based on disagreements over the specific home care services companion you have chosen, or your decision to hire an in home care provider at all. It is important that you keep the health, happiness and well-being of your aging loved ones as your top priority when making home health care services decisions, but still make an effort to show love, respect and consideration for your siblings.

Consider having a meeting with your siblings prior to making any final senior care decisions. Allow each of your siblings to express his or her emotions regarding the ongoing senior care arrangements for your parents and explain the decisions that you have made in such a way that they understand how you came to this decision, why you think it is most beneficial for your parents and how they can continue to be involved in giving your parents a high quality of life. If you continue to face conflicts, stand your ground and make sure that you are making decisions that are right for your parents above the feelings of your siblings. Remember that they are your priority and that your siblings will eventually accept the decisions for the benefit that they offer your parents.

If you or someone you know needs help with home care services in Grand Rapids, MI contact the caregivers at Gauthier Family Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (616) 658-2300 for more information.

About Dan Gauthier

Dan Gauthier has a long and successful business pedigree. He spent his college years working in the restaurant business and worked in various executive management positions at Universal Forest Products, Inc. over a span of 17 years, and Therm Technology / Family Safety Products for 12 years.

When the recession hit in 2008 Dan was “downsized” from UFP and spent a few years consulting for local companies Amway and Cascade Engineering. During this period Dan’s in-laws were experiencing catastrophic health problems and it required Dan’s wife Marion to focus full time on caregiving for her mother. Marion enlisted help from a local home care agency and it did not go well. This experience led to the creation of Gauthier Family Home Care, a home care agency that is uniquely holistic and family centric. Dan now works full time running GFHC.
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