It is always hard watching the people you love loose the ability to fully care for themselves. The responsibility falls on the children and this can often create tension between siblings. Who is in charge of the physical care, who holds most of the financial burden, etc. This often simply falls onto the sibling that lives closest and many times they end up feeling taken advantage of. Nearly 40 percent of adult children who cared for a parent said they experienced major conflict with a sibling, according to a 2001 report. Luckily there is a new solution, Sibling Mediation. These sessions tend to last two to three hours and the cost is typically around $150 hr.
These sessions allow all siblings to express what they are feeling and allow them to come up with a care plan that is fair and acceptable to everyone involved. The mediation can simply be a general discussion or you can establish a plan that involves who is responsible for doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping and financial care.
Stop fighting with your siblings and start enjoying your time together.