You might be surprised to hear back from some of your other family members that they're confused about why you want to hold a family meeting. The reasons may seem crystal clear to you, even if you're not sure how to articulate them to your family members. Some of these descriptions might help when you're talking to them.
They Need to Be Informed
Most families, especially large families, might not get together as often as they might want to. This can be a problem when an elderly member of the family is not doing so well. Holding regular family meetings, whether they're in person or via a conference call, can help everyone to stay on top of what is happening. If family members can't attend, you might want to ask if someone who does attend can summarize the meeting for those who couldn't be there.
There Are Problems You Want to Discuss
If your senior is experiencing severe health issues, you might want to discuss some of the problems that are cropping up with the rest of the family. They may not need to make the actual decisions, but they can definitely give you some input that can help you. They may appreciate you allowing them to express an opinion, even if their opinion doesn't necessarily change the situation.
You Need Some Extra Help
Having extra help is vital as a family caregiver. You may simply want to let them know that you're planning to hire home care providers to pick up some of the extra work. It's possible that you're also looking for ways that they can pitch in and help you and your elderly family member. Holding a family meeting keeps you from having to explain the same plea for help over and over.
You Just Want to Bounce Ideas Off Someone Else
Sometimes you simply want to talk to people who know the situation but aren't as close to it as you are. Because you're helping your senior family member every day, all day, you're extremely tied into everything that's going on. Having someone with a different perspective available to listen and to participate in a brainstorming session can help far more than you might realize at first.
The more that other family members understand why you're calling for family meetings the easier it will be to get them to attend. Family meetings can be incredibly productive if everyone involved is interested in being there and wants to truly help in some way.
If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in Mesa, AZ, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today: 480-377-6770.