We became care givers for my husband’s 86 year old parents, approximately 2 years ago. Relocating from another state with our teenage daughter and my 70 year old mother, we were already a multi-generational household. It would be a gross understatement to say that our expectations and our reality are worlds apart. Attempting to blend three separate households into one while still maintaining some personal space for everyone has required both creativity and compromise. We are most definitely a work in progress, learning along the way. To date, our greatest challenges have been my father-in-law’s Parkinson’s disease and the dementia that seemed to accompany it, and my mother’s ongoing battle with cancer. We have found our strength to be our ability to think outside the box, which has given us our greatest successes. In sharing both our successes and non-success I hope to create an interactive resource for others caring for a loved one.
Your comments are welcome and I always love to hear other caregiver’s stories!