Family Caregivers: Coping With Transition

Many people are struggling with dementia. You are going to need to know how to make sure that caregivers are under a fair amount of stress as well. Older parents that have to move in with their children while dealing with dementia are going to lose many of their freedoms. A gameplan has to be laid out so those parents do not get too upset about the changes in their life.

The child has to be able to manage a parent’s diet in this unique situation for example, and this can be a weird role reversal.

Key Takeaways:

  • Making the switch from home to senior living can be difficult for both parent and family caregivers, but is less burdensome if the decision is made collaboratively.
  • In the transitional period, banish feelings of guilt by keeping the goal of getting the best care for your parent front and center.
  • Once the transition is complete, fill your free time with moments that mean something to you, and seek counseling from a support group if needed.

“Relinquishing the day-to-day caregiving of a parent to an assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing staff is easier said than done. Many family caregivers find themselves grappling with feelings of guilt, anxiety, and emptiness in their lives.”

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