Does Providing Care For A Loved One Seem To Overwhelm Your Life?
Providing care for family members and loved ones can put tremendous strains on your life and relationships. It can leave you feeling physically and emotionally exhausted. It can seem to obstruct your happiness, perhaps your family’s happiness. And these feelings can leave you struggling with issues of resentment, fear, even betrayal. Adult daughters caring for their mothers often become isolated from their closest friends and advisors, taking on responsibilities they may not feel comfortable with. Spouses providing care to their life partners struggle with feelings of loss, grief and sometimes anger. Family members with no knowledge of or previous exposure to dementia or infirmity often feel overwhelmed when having to provide care to suffering loved ones.
Caregiving inevitably heightens our sense of mortality, for ourselves and our loved ones. These are feelings we spend our whole lives avoiding. And the frustrations build as caregivers remain challenged by the important questions they face daily: Is this what my loved one wants? Should I be doing more? Am I doing the right thing?
Caregiver Support Can Help You Manage Your Pain
Caregiver support begins with a close analysis of circumstances, including resources, personalities, and priorities, so you can feel less overwhelmed. This type of therapy then focuses on developing a practical decision-making process designed to prevent you from questioning yourself. Together, we also seek to reveal the emotional underpinnings of what you are reacting to when providing care to loved ones.
Caregiver support can ease your frustrations, and the overwhelming challenges you face as a caregiver. How does a caregiver balance their loved one’s desire for independence against the necessity of safety? When is an assisted living facility the correct choice, and how should you deal with the feelings attached to pursuing this option? How do you begin approaching the issue of withholding life-saving measures? Caregiver support is the key to analyzing the many questions and developing strategies to overcome the emotional toll and accept the situation.
Change Your Caregiving For The Better
Before becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor, Christine Sprague began developing caregiver support expertise with her health care administration and gerontology background. She managed assisted living centers and nursing homes for 12 years, and possesses firsthand experience helping families with decision-making, and facilitating medical issues. In addition, she’s personally experienced the daily struggles of caregiving. Her keen awareness and knowledge of safety and her wealth of personal and professional experience uniquely qualify her to offer effective, compassionate caregiver support.
But You May Still Have Concerns…
I can’t afford to spend the money due to my situation.
Whether your situation involves long term care, in-house support, or assisted living facilities, finances will always factor in your caregiving decisions. Caregivers do what’s necessary to preserve money to keep their loved ones as comfortable as possible, even avoiding the ‘luxury’ of spending money on themselves.
Consider what caregiver support provides in terms of the whole-picture: you become a much better caregiver emotionally, and will provide an improved brand of care. You become more relaxed, more comfortable, and less short in your interactions, thereby providing a greater quality and quantity of safety and comfort to your loved one. Caregiver support is an investment in you both.
I can’t find the time to take advantage of this type of support.
Your time and energy are devoted to managing the many mundane tasks of day-to-day life along with the challenges of providing quality care. The frustrations compound if you are working full-time or are still caring for children in addition to a loved one you care for.
Finding time to pursue support for yourself, however, will significantly impact the quality of the care you provide. As with issues of finance, any investment you make toward becoming a calmer, more confident, and more comfortable caregiver will pay dividends to every person involved in your situation. You, the person you care for, your friends, and your family will all benefit.
Contact Christine Sprague for a free, 45-minute, in-person consultation. Discuss the circumstances of your situation. As fit is an important factor, we will make certain caregiver support suits your needs. If not, Ms. Sprague will help you find the appropriate support.
Contact Christine Sprague for a free, in-person consultation.
You can schedule via email through this website, or feel free to call (303) 815-0553.