I ran into an interesting article in the New York Times about how much time we all spend on caring for the elderly in our families. From the article:
Every day, Bureau of Labor Statistics interviewers ask Americans to detail how they spent the previous 24 hours, how many minutes and hours they devoted to everything from shopping to child care to phone calls. The results, culled from 12,500 respondents, make up the American Time Use Survey.
It began in 2003, but only last year did the bureau start asking about a key activity for millions of people — elder care.
Here’s a link to the article, titled: New Numbers on Elder Care.
At Arnold Law and Mediation, we help families come together to discuss elder care issues. For example, we can host a phone conference or Skype video call where the family can discuss options for care and next steps in care. We can facilitate the conversation in-person or by phone or Skype. Many times, all it takes is getting people to the table to have a discussion to clear up lines of communication and get over the little speed-bumps in decision making. This service is especially helpful where siblings of an elderly parent are spread out, living all over the country or even all over the world. We can help bring everyone into the discussion to prevent misunderstandings and build trust and common goals and expectations.