Caregivers are family, friends and neighbors who stand by the people we love as they cope with declining health, chronic illness or disabilities. Some of us slip into caregiving gradually, as our spouses, parents and siblings become less able to care for themselves due to physical or cognitive changes. Others are thrust into caregiving due to sudden illness or accidents that leave our loved ones with disabilities that alter their lives forever. Some of us may not even think of ourselves as "caregivers" for many years as we may see caregiving as part of the cycle of life: Didn't we promise to stay with this person "in sickness and in health. . . as long as we both shall live"? Don't we "owe" our parents everything we can give because they gave us life?
But regardless of how we happened to become caregivers, most of us continue because we want to do as much as we can for our loved ones out of love, gratitude and respect. The joys and challenges that we experience as caregivers can make us stronger, but they can also isolate us. As we strive to handle the physical, emotional and financial strains that caregiving entails, we may find ourselves not taking care of our own needs. If we are caring for a loved one with dementia, we may also find that the person who once gave us the most love and support and was our "rock" in times of trouble now seems to be fading away.
At Serenity Senior Support Services, we understand what it means to be a caregiver. Whether you are having difficulties with practical issues, hands-on care, finding affordable help or managing emotions such as guilt, anger or grief, you are not alone. When you are tired of the day-to-day grind and feeling stressed, remember that relief is available, and we can help you to find it. Our care managers can help to empower you with resources, services and support. Please call us at 650-991-5141 to talk about it.