Caring for a loved one with a serious illness is one of the most under-appreciated jobs in our society, but it’s also one of the most important. The work is sacred, but it can take a huge toll on your emotional and physical well-being. Many caregivers are trying to juggle many responsibilities at once. While you may be able to put your well-being aside for the short term, you won’t be able to sustain it in the long run. Unmanaged, this stress can build up in your body and lead to a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, and down the road, can complicate the grieving process.
Illness Affects The Whole Family
Caring for a loved one with a chronic or terminal illness doesn’t just mean you’re filling a medication box or accompanying someone to doctor’s appointments. Oftentimes, there are big changes in a person’s abilities, especially if your loved one has gone through significant treatments like chemo or a major surgery. They may also have changes in their memory, personality, or their ability to complete their own basic needs.
While it’s completely expected to have trouble constantly adapting to “a new normal”, for you and your loved one, there are ways to balance both your loved one’s well-being and yours. I take a holistic approach, building on the strengths and skills you already have and offering both practical strategies and a deep dive into the feelings that bubble up. When you allow yourself to really feel what’s coming up instead of stuffing it down, you move towards riding inevitable waves of change as they come instead of getting knocked down by them.
Caregiver Support Services
- Create your personal Caregiving Compass, with self-care strategies you’ll actually use
- Support to not only manage caregiver stressors, but to reflect and grow through the process
- Family counseling sessions to help get everyone on the same page
- Offer community resources for in-home support
- Guidance for talking to children about illness, end-of-life, and grief
- Support in juggling multiple roles
- Guidance for talking to your loved one about end-of-life, even if they’re not ready
Looking for specific support in helping your loved one to put their wishes for their care in writing? I also offer Advance Health Care Planning.
Flexible Support to Meet Your Needs
As a caregiver, you may not be easily able to leave the house for counseling. I offer virtual counseling and some in-home counseling to much of the Denver metro area, with evening and weekend hours available.
Caregiver Support Groups & Workshops
Looking to connect with others who are working through similar struggles? Wondering how to be the best advocate for your loved one? Get in touch to let me know what you’re looking for or subscribe to my monthly newsletter for tips and to hear first about upcoming groups and events.