What can I do?
Ask the person who they consider as family. They may be more comfortable with their family of choice rather than their family of origin (biological family).
Ask the person who they would like to include in family meetings or make them aware of when information is discussed relating to their care or end-of-life planning.
Arrange a family meeting to assess who will be involved in the caregiving role and any risk of conflict and distress this may create. The palliAGED forms can assist with the preparation and recording of the family meeting (case conference) including communication with the GP, the family and between team members.
Use the information on Families on the Reachout website.
Make sure you have people to debrief with either formally or informally as an activity of self-care after managing an episode of conflict. You can find out more on the Self-Care pages.
Visit CarerHelp to download resources for carers.