- Are you an adult child needing caregiver support? You woke up one morning and wondered, "How did I become responsible for the care of my aging parent?"
- At the same time is your parent saying, "I don't need any help. I've taken care of myself all my life."
- Do you feel overwhelmed, suffering from caregiver stress or caregiver burnout while trying to do the best for both you and your elderly parent?
No one was ready for the changes imposed by the aging process. You, as the caregiver to your elderly parent and your parent facing the many changes of aging may be asking, "Why didn't anyone tell me how bad this would be?" Meeting these challenges can bring out both the best and worst in everyone. And, yes, positive change is possible! And, yes, you can learn how to cope with caregiver stress!
The good news as well as the bad news is, as a family you are all on this journey together. Along with the new and challenging situations, old family dynamics may resurface, complicating an already stressful situation . Your parent may refuse to move to an assisted living facility or nursing home. You may be an only child or the only one of your siblings willing to help with caregiving. While circumstances can't be changed, the negative behavior and views can be changed so the older person can experience a sense of well-being and the adult child can find a balance in the caregiving process. Where to find caregiver support? Where to start?
You are not alone! As a therapist I am here to help both you with caregiver support and your elderly parent cope better during this difficult period. With caregiving counseling I can help you address your feelings and prevent caregiver burnout. Additionally I can provide senior counseling services for your aging parent to help them adjust to new "beginnings." I bring 26 years of experience working with the older population and their families in both home and facility settings. To meet the needs of the elderly parent, therapy can be provided at home, in the assisted living facility or nursing home.