Watching the mental and physical decline of a loved one as they grow older can be devastating to families. Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia is stressful even in the best situations.
When you are responsible for an elderly parent or other relative with health and memory problems, it is too easy to become exhausted – physically, emotionally, and often financially as well. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to send you over the edge.
The nurse you hired or the family member who was suposed to help out has just canceled.
Your loved one yelled at you about something you didn’t do.
You discovered you have your own health problem and don’t know who will take care of your parent while you get treatment.
You’ve realized that your loved one isn’t going to get better; they will get worse.
You find yourself overwhelmed. You’re not always sure what to do - or what not to do. There’s so much information and advice out there that it’s hard to know what would be best for your family’s unique situation.
The best way to take care of your family member is to first take care of yourself.
When you work with Petra you will be supported in your decisions and decision making. You will feel strong and confident knowing you have a clear course of action that works for your family’s circumstances.
Learn how to keep your boundaries while still giving the care that your loved one needs
Learn how to find balance, and to use disclipine of mind, emotion and energy to maintain that balance
Gain strength and validation from accurate and useful information and education
When you equip yourself for the journey you will begin to realize how profound the experience of caregiving can be.