-By Dana O’Donnell, R.N.
Whether you are caring for someone in your home, or you are one of many long-distance caregivers, a family meeting can be very helpful when planning the care, support and safety of a loved one. It’s an opportunity for the members of a family to gather at a specified time to discuss their observations of changes they recently witnessed and review the information they have received about the ill or compromised family member. A Geriatric Case Manager, (GCM) or Licensed Nurse Practitioner (LNP) may be helpful to ensure that all involved understand the medical issues and begin to address a cooperative approach to any challenges. If your family members are not accustomed to talking openly or problem-solving together, you may want to consider using an unbiased source.