December 17, 2018, by CaregiverExchange.ca
“At the same time, however, the children freely offered unsolicited advice — and unwanted criticism — about the wives' efforts. They also vied with their stepmothers for the power to make medical and financial decisions for their fathers. Hurt by their stepchildren's behavior, the wives were more likely to feel burdened — and to become depressed.”
Jacobs goes on to offer suggestions on how blended families can sideline divisive issues and foster greater cooperation.
Readers should keep in mind that rules regarding powers of attorney (i.e. who can make decisions about finances and personal care on someone else’s behalf) differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For more information about how this works in Ontario, here’s a useful article: