Caregiving can be stressful and energy-draining, but it's more manageable when you utilize available resources, tools, and programs to help you organize.
When I was unexpectedly thrust into the world of caregiving, these are some things I learned that I wish I knew beforehand.
As our parents live longer, some of us will take care of them for more years than they spent rearing us. Therefore, it helps to remain patient, show tolerance, and keep a good sense of humor. This becomes challenging, though, if our moms and dads were lousy parents and we resent our caretaking role.
Having been caregiver to many, my elderly mother deserved excellent personal care. That's what I promised, then proved to be incompetent. I placed her in a home for the elderly, and then what?