My father lives with us and is so demanding we never have a minute’s peace. I agreed to become his caregiver when the doctor told me he didn’t have long to live. That was ten years ago. Now, my children hate to come home and my marriage is in trouble. I want out. Please help.
- K.L., Stuart
You’ve helped your father all these years and now it’s time to help yourself. You can’t change him, but you can improve your life by changing how you react to him or by finding him alternative housing. Call 211, The Elder Helpline, for the nearest illness related organization that pertains to your father (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Heart Assn., etc.). Ask for a family counselor to help find alternative housing options and services to relieve you of some or all of your responsibilities. Join their (or Martin Memorial Hospital’s) caregiver support group. You’ll learn how and when to say “no” and mean it! You’ll also find great relief talking with other caregivers who are learning to manage their feelings and regain control of their lives. Once you begin to help yourself, you will be able to reconnect with your children and husband.
Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
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