Resources Available to Help Fort Myers Siblings Deal with Conflict on Parental Care

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You may not have much in common with your siblings now that you’re grown. But there’s still one thing you share: your mom and dad. A new local program – the 50-50 RuleSM – offers strategies for overcoming sibling differences to help families provide the best care for elderly parents.

“Anytime siblings are brought together to determine care for their parents, conflict becomes more likely,” said Bidwell, “Our program helps siblings make decisions together."

You may not have much in common with your siblings now that you’re grown. But there’s still one thing you share: your mom and dad. A new local program – the 50-50 RuleSM – offers strategies for overcoming sibling differences to help families provide the best care for elderly parents.

“Anytime siblings are brought together to determine care for their parents, conflict becomes more likely,” said Sue Bidwell, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care® office serving Lee and Collier Counties. “Our program helps siblings make decisions together, divide the workload and learn how to work as a team.”

The 50-50 Rule refers to the average age (50) when siblings are caring for their parents as well as the need for brothers and sisters to share in the plans for care 50-50. Research conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care® network reveals that an inability to work together often leads to one sibling becoming responsible for the bulk of caregiving in 43 percent of families. And that can result in the deterioration of relationships with brothers and sisters.

“If you’re 50, have siblings and are assisting with the care of seniors, it’s time to develop a plan,” Bidwell said. “This program can help.”

At the core of the 50-50 Rule public education program is a family relationship and communication guide of real-life situations that features practical advice from sibling relationships expert Dr. Ingrid Connidis from the University of Western Ontario.

“Like all relationships, siblings have a history,” Connidis noted. “Whatever happened in the past influences what happens in the present. Regardless of their circumstances, most siblings do feel a responsibility to care for parents that is built from love. And that’s a good place to start – optimistically and assuming the best.”

For more information about this free guide and other resources call 239.596.2030 or visit http://www.solvingfamilyconflict.com.

About Home Instead Senior Care
Founded in 1994 in Omaha, the Home Instead Senior Care® network is the world's largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors, with more than 900 independently owned and operated franchises in 14 countries spanning four continents. Home Instead Senior Care local offices employ 65,000+ CAREGiversSM who provide more than 40 million hours of client service each year through activities including companionship, meal preparation, medication reminders, light housekeeping, errands and shopping. Home Instead Senior Care founders Paul and Lori Hogan pioneered franchising in the non-medical senior care industry and are leading advocates for senior issues throughout the world. At Home Instead Senior Care, it’s relationship before task, while continuing to provide superior quality service that enhances the lives of seniors everywhere.

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