Family meeting tends to go much more smoothly if you take the time to plan them out. Some of these tips might help you with your planning.
Determine Your Goal
You definitely need to have a goal or a purpose for each meeting that you hold. The reason for this is simple. You’re busy and other family members are busy, too. If you’re holding meetings without a solid goal in mind, you’re going to feel as if you’re wasting your time. Worse still, other family members are going to feel as if their time is being wasted and they’ll stop participating.
Limit Yourself to Only a Few Topics per Meeting
While you’re making goals for each meeting, stick to one or two main goals. You don’t want to overwhelm anyone or hold meetings that are too long. The best way to do that is to stick with only a few topics at most. This might feel difficult for you, especially if you’re feeling overwhelmed by caregiving in general. Make a list and determine what your one or two biggest priorities are.
Limit Your Attendee List
Too many people at the meeting can derail the whole thing. Keep your guest list limited to the people who really need to be there. Some family members might not want to be at these meetings because they’re just not sure how to help or what to do. Others might want to be there just to know what’s going on even if they aren’t planning to help. Use your best judgment about whether this is a good idea or not for your situation.
Make Sure You Have Support for Your Senior
Depending on your elderly family member’s overall health issues, family meetings might not be an option for her. If your senior doesn’t want to attend or if it would be upsetting for her to be there, you might want to consider hiring home care providers during that time. They can help your senior with anything that she might need so that you can focus on the meeting.
Take Notes for Afterward
During the meeting, you’re hopefully going to come to some solutions or at least narrow down some ideas for solutions. Take some quick notes or make sure that everyone is okay with you recording the meeting. Most phones have an app or feature that allows voice recording. This allows you to have a summary of the meeting afterward.
Successful family meetings might take a little while to accomplish. Once your other family members understand the purpose of these meetings, they’re going to be more likely to help with them rather than hinder the proceedings.