New to Caregiving
- Mom, this list has 12 medications on it, but you only have 8 bottles. Are there 4 more bottles? Is the list wrong?
- Honey, I just realized that we can't move your mom down until we have a ramp out front! Do we call a hardware store? Are there regulations for it? What will it cost us?!
- Henry, I don't think we can live alone any more. We need some help. Should we have someone move in? We have the room. Or should we move to one of those places that have nurses? I don't know where to start looking or even what's best for us!
- Good grief, I don't understand one single word of this Medicare document!! I'm ready to pull my hair out!
- I just learned that I have to get my daughter to Dialysis three times a week. I'm working 2 jobs; I can't take off to take her. I have no friends who can take off either. Noone in the unit had any ideas. What on earth am I going to do?
- Gary, the police just called. They found Grandpa 6 blocks away from the house. I thought he was asleep!! I know he's been more confused lately than usual, but this is scary!! I think maybe he has Alzheimer's. What do we do now???
Have you asked one of those questions?
You have joined the millions of people who have become caregivers for their loved ones. The typical caregiver is the 46 year old working mother caring for aging parents. But men, too, have joined the ranks and have become involved in the arduous task of caregiving. Caregivers consistently ask, "What do I do?" "Where do I turn for help?" They feel overwhelmed, confused, inexperienced, and above all, inadequate fearing that they are alone to sort through the myriad of resources and services.
Guiding Lights is available to provide assistance to the new caregivers; guiding them out of the darkness into the light making their roles as caregivers more gratifying and rewarding and less awesome and frightening.
If you are new to caregiving and would like some support please feel free to contact us and we will be glad to provide you with assistance during this journey.