I was on the verge of burn out. My wife and I were the primary caregivers for my Mom. I couldn’t keep juggling my job, family and personal needs while I took care of my mother too. My sisters live close by, but weren’t very involved, which I resented. I was also buying my Mom’s incontinence supplies, and the costs were adding up.
Sharon, the Caregiver Specialist did an Assessment with me which helped me see what I needed to change so I would not be so stressed out. I desperately needed to address my self-care. I had grown so angry at everyone; my sisters for not pitching in, my wife for not being more understanding and even my Mom, even though I knew the situation was not her fault. It wasn’t healthy.
A family meeting helped me talk with my sisters about how we could work together to keep our Mom safe in her home. The caregiver specialist gave us various caregiver resources. I joined a Support Group and the Caregiver Scholarship helped with the incontinence supplies. I’m now confident we can care for my Mom together. I’m grateful for the help of the Caregiver Program, every caregiver should give a call – support is there!”