Being a caregiver can be incredibly rewarding. It helps when the caregiver’s life has balance; when support is available–and when things are going along as expected. It can be great when there is growth and when progress is obvious. It helps a lot when the people we care for appreciate the sacrifices we makes–and better yet, acknowledge them with a “thank you.”
But caregiving responsibilities can be relentless. And often progress is hard to see–if it’s there at all. Or maybe there is progressive decline. The one you care for may protest and complain. And “thank you” is rarely heard. In these cases, caregiving can be exhausting, frustrating, and confusing.
Whether you are caring for an adult or a child, it doesn’t work to “just do one more thing” all the time. It doesn’t work to do it all..by yourself…alone. You can not pour from an empty cup. You need support and balance and community. Self-care is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself as a caregiver. When you care for yourself, the people you care for will benefit.
Come on in and talk to us. Let us help you find some balance and develop some resources–maybe even some new approaches to facing challenges. You don’t have to do it alone.