Since my sister Brenda lost her job, she insists on doing everything for mom: doctors’ appointments, shopping, finances, etc. She says she doesn’t need help and is perfectly content with these responsibilities. It isn’t like her to be selfless. I’m suspicious. What should I say?
- Pam, Vero Beach
”Thank you” is a good beginning—but only after you’ve asked mom how she feels about this arrangement. Even if mom approves, it may be wise to not disengage entirely; taking part in financial decisions will help assure mom’s assets are used solely for her care and if Brenda burns out, becomes ill, or realizes this “isn’t like her,” you’ll need to know the ropes to take over.
Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
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