When the patient is able to make decisions and conflict is occurring between or among family members, BE SURE THAT YOU ASK THE PATIENT what options they prefer to resolve the situation. If your mother states that she wants an action taken, you avoid getting in the middle of the issue.
Second, avoid generalities like, “She’s doing fine” and instead provide specifics to other family members. For example, when explaining the medications your mother is taking, provide information on WHAT is prescribed and WHY IT IS IMPORTANT. Giving the rationale for actions, not just what is happening can often create better family dynamics.
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