Demand Legislative Intervention!
There is a caregiving explosion in our nation which is taking a heavy toll on families - mentally, emotionally and physically.
I am 67 and had to move my mother(94)into my home over 3 years ago. I treasure her, but this has been the worst roller coaster ride I've ever experienced. The ONLY reason I make myself keep going is because I feel more compassion for her than I do myself.
Our laws and the medical field have continually come up with more and more life-extending drugs for the elderly.
Wouldn't it be nice if they had an equal sense of humanitarianism for those who end up caregiving? Instead, they leave it unaddressed, assuming families will chip in (usually out of pure guilt) and/or pay for exorbitant assisted living care while offering little to no support services.
I, for instance, live in a rural community where, believe me, Visiting Angels doesn't exist! Nor do any counselors. It took me a year to find a therapist on my own whom I could rely on as needed. His office is 75 miles away.
Another inequity is how the elderly are cared for "up to a point" in a hospital or nursing facility by Medicare. Once that runs out the doctors, nurses and hospital sorta disappear into the woodwork, assuming you'll automatically take over.
Not all of us are capable of doing so, and those who do always end up relinquishing ALL our own needs in the process.
Today I sent a link to this site to my state senator, requesting someone at the legislative level take a look at how this situation is impacting our nation's mental health. I'll let you know if I hear anything back.
Maybe if enough of us put pressure on our elected officials, someone will see fit to at least conduct a study. I hope.