This is not how a caregiver thinks or acts. A caregiver is so accustomed to taking care of their husband, wife, mother, father, or kids first that they completely forget about taking care of themselves.
I’ve been there. I had a full time job, a husband, 3 kids, 2 dogs and an incredibly jam-packed life when my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. For a year or so I was able to keep up the pace of adding extra time into my day to stop by my mom’s house to help her. I navigated a system that was foreign to me and not at all easy to understand.
Obtaining Veterans Administration (VA) benefits, finding the right doctor, getting medical supplies, researching home care providers, assisted living facilities, and the overwhelming list goes on. Even after she moved into an assisted living facility the calls for help didn’t stop. I decided to quit my job and truly support my mom. Through helping my mom, I found my passion is helping seniors and their families. When my mom started having more health issues we turned to hospice. Having a full compliment of support organizations has allowed me to go back to being the “daughter” once again and not the caregiver.
This is what I want to do for you…let you be the son, daughter or loved one who can put the oxygen on yourself first and then others. I know you’re wrestling with the tough choices you are facing. Let me be the “oxygen” you need to breath easy again. Let me help you by thoroughly investigating all your options. Let me put the systems in place that will help support your loved ones while allowing you to breathe a sigh of relief that you’re making the right decisions.
The Senior Sage