Do you need support in any of these areas?
Acknowledging your feelings about caregiving, especially the negative ones, is a good thing. The more honest you are with yourself and with others, the more likely you are to realize that your emotions are absolutely normal.
Being a long-distance caregiver is complicated. If you can’t physically check on your parent, how can you ensure that they are getting what they need? A strong support system is key.
Family/ Sibling Friction
Even families that have always gotten along can spar under the stress of caring for a parent or other family member. Multiple decision makers and personalities, differing views, economic and geographic disparities, old family dynamics, complex role reversals, and money issues can unravel relationships.
Dementia/ Cognitive Impairment
Dealing with dementia, Alzheimer’s and cognitive impairment is wrenching. As a caregiver, you are wrestling with the loss of the person you knew and who knew you—of a relationship built on shared history.
Working and Caregiving
You can’t be in two places at once: meeting work deadlines and dealing with pressing caregiving responsibilities. Neither can you control a doctor’s schedule, family emergencies or myriad other life distractions. You want to do the right thing. Here’s how.
When you’re consumed with caregiving, it can be difficult to think about a future without your family member—or have time to prepare for your own future. But there will be life after caregiving. You can even get a jump on that next phase.