October 12, 2017
Yolanda Webb, MA
Associate Vice President of Home and Community Based Services
When I first spoke with the caregiver over the phone, a daughter who had uprooted her life to move back home after more than 30 years living halfway across the country, I could tell she was in despair.
On the verge of tears she told me that she had moved back to the area about a year ago. What could be so hard, she had said to her other siblings, after all this was their mother!
But, as their mother’s Dementia worsened, she found she was both physically and emotionally exhausted. What she learned was that being a caregiver felt more like being a lone ranger than a dutiful daughter.
She had done all the things she thought she should do. She had created a schedule for her mom, had scheduled activities and appointments, took care of the house, ran errands and so much more.
When her mother could help out it wasn’t so bad. However, as the Dementia rapidly worsened she found that she needed help. She also realized that she was becoming angry.
She was riding an emotional roller coaster, she knew her mother wouldn’t get better, she knew that taking turns with her younger siblings was out of the question. They both lived out of town and had families of their own.
She was tired and she knew that even though she had promised her mother she would always be there, she was failing.
She could no longer fulfill that promise.
She called Meritan and we worked through a plan to get her mother the help she needed, and connected her to resources she needed as a caregiver as well.
Recently she called me and we talked. This is what she said, “Thank you to Meritan, the two wonderful staff you sent me, and to you for helping me find care for me as the primary caregiver.
“You don’t know how good it is, she said, to have my joy back!”
She said that over and over, “I got my joy back!”
Here at Meritan our caregiving philosophy includes both client and caregiver to support the whole person through a person-centered approach. Thanks to all the wonderful staff we have who help support our clients and their families through their own unique journeys…to get their joy back!