My Journey: Taking Care of Mom and Dad

I have been there. A father who had a stroke and endless issues of how to best care for him at home, and a mother whose fall started a lead to her decline. Yes, I know what you are going through. These experiences and others were the driving forces for me to not only open Homewatch CareGivers here in Plymouth Michigan but also to write “A Son’s Journey: Taking Care of Mom and Dad.” I wrote this book to help others deal with the aging of their parents and loved ones so as to provide them with a useful resource.

The Phenomena of Caregiver Burnout

My brother and I have experienced the loss of both our parents. I just recently lost my mother. Sixteen years ago my mother, brother and I cared for my father who was recovering from a stroke without the help of a caregiver. This lead to burnout on the part of all three of us; especially my mother! This was the most stressful and overwhelming experience in my life. And I am a nurse and my brother a Respiratory Therapist and we still felt like children lost in a dark forest. I can only imagine what people go through who have no understanding of the health care system!!! As my mother aged, we had a caregiver help us out and what a difference!!! The BIG difference being with my mother we could be loved ones as oppose to a caregivers. Does this sound familiar to anyone else???