Depending on how many are involved in the decision-making process (including those who are concerned for the individual making the transition), things can get tricky, as family members and friends typically have their own ideas about what’s best.
It may be impossible to avoid disagreements and differences of opinion, but there are basic principles that all parties involved should abide by in order to prevent major turmoil, hurtful blame, and other negative outcomes.
In a blog post for Emeritus Senior Living, Dr. Vicki Rackner, MD, offered readers 5 tips for banishing blame, a great piece for families to review before, during and after the transition process. Siblings often tend blame each other for a parent’s decline, particularly if the individual is in denial about the reality of a parent’s care needs.
When siblings and spouses disagree about next steps, the individual at the center of the decision is caught in the middle – or even worse, overlooked. Even though the quarreling members may have the best of intentions, it is absolutely crucial to remember who is making the move, to respect their opinion above all, and to be sensitive to/supportive through the major life change they are facing.
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