Planning a Family Meeting

Caring for a loved one can be a lot for one person to take on, so the importance of asking for help is crucial. That is why a family meeting may be beneficial.

Family meetings can help family caregivers delegate tasks and rally support around a loved one in crisis. The Society of Certified Senior Advisors (CSA) has outlined some guidelines for planning a family meeting:

1, Include all family members. Ideally, have everyone get together in-person.

2. Select a comfortable, private location for the meeting.

3. Establish an agenda. This will help your family stay on-task and organized in addressing major issues.

4. Collect and share information. Gather information to ensure everyone has the same working knowledge of your loved one’s situation.

5. If you don’t feel comfortable managing the meeting, bring in a mediator. Consider enlisting or hiring someone more comfortable with the mediator role. An elder care mediator is a professional who can help settle disputes between siblings and other relatives when a parent or grandparent requires care.

While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents in fifty facilities for seniors. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs. www.JewishPavilion.org

The Orlando Senior Help Desk (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues. www.OrlandoSeniorHelpDesk.org