There are moments of realization in everyone’s life. Times when you know things have changed forever and there’s no going back to “business as usual.”
For some of us, it’s the recognition that dad or mom isn’t as self-sufficient as he or she once was. This towering figure of protection in your life now must look to you for protection. All the signs are there. You recognize the need for help. The conversation about the future can’t be put off any longer. Everything about the process can feel unnatural and isolating.
You are not alone.
Look through the eyes of someone who glances in the mirror only to see the changes wrought by time. A legacy built, goals accomplished, but the body does not respond like it used to. This is a new chapter. You’ve always been on the giving end of help, but now you must humbly accept assistance. Everything about the process can feel unnatural and isolating.
You are not alone.
The situations are as unique as individuals but the experience is universal. We’re in this together.
In it together, as a family
As a family teams up to address family caregiving challenges, different members will have different perspectives on how to help.
Based on our experience in helping manage family dynamics during home care engagements around the country, we’ve come up with the following four family caregiver personality types. By identifying personas in the group and shining a light on the parts played, families can each gain the confidence that they are all, in fact, in this together.
This framework is meant to help families open a dialogue and see things from another point of view. When siblings work successfully with one another, everyone will benefit.
Home Helpers in Davenport is ready to help you maintain your independence. We have programs in place to assist you in preparing to age independently in place. Call Bill at 563-386-4969 to get more information on how we can help.
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