It’s the darkest day of the year but sunlight comes tomorrow. Family caregivers need the light back in their life. They often break down during the holiday. If they are a part of dysfunctional family and are either hands on, long distance or local Mom or Dad caregivers —managing an aging parent during the festive season can be agony.
Maybe their parent is not grateful for their he sacrifice ,really depressed by a holiday, filled with an ill aging parent they never liked or not just burnt-out but electrocuted .
A geriatric care manager is an expert in crisis management but also coach who educates and supports. What most conflicted caregivers need to get unstuck and see a path forward, especially bluest season, the holidays?
A GCM cannot be Santa but here are some more steps a geriatric care manager can transform these families and caregivers after they call on the holiday.
Caregiver support and education: The GCM can be instrumental in helping adult children understand that ambivalence, stress, and fear are normal and common aspects of the care-giving role. Furthermore, the GCM can reassure the caregiver that our own professional experience and expertise allow us to offer a measure of predictability where, for the caregiver, none appears. By identifying concrete options and developing a positive plan for action, the GCM enables the family to move forward.