Help for the Caregiver
A caregiver is someone who loves, provides support to, and has some responsibility for a person who (due to aging or illness) is experiencing some level of decline, either emotional or physical. The caregiver may be a spouse, a child, a parent, a loved one, or relative.
Caregivers often report high levels of stress, find it is very difficult to make time for themselves, and may experience a range of emotions that they have a hard time managing. Caregivers are under enormous pressure and may carry dual roles, carrying for their children at the same time they are caring for their parents, or trying to help a sick child while also attending to the needs of siblings, other family members, and basic household duties. They may be at the peak of their career, and feel that they are being split in many different directions. In child to parent caregiving situations, old family conflicts may emerge, between adult siblings, and even between the adult child and aging parent. Resentment, impatience, and anger to the aging parent, or spouse, may create feelings of intense guilt and confusion. These are issues that are exacerbated by the fact that many caregivers are isolated and not getting enough sleep, not exercising, and not eating well. If this describes you, we strongly encourage you to call us and ask us about individual and/or group counseling. Making your own wellness by setting aside an hour a week for yourself will pay off immeasurably.