You have become a caregiver to someone that you love. Perhaps the duty transferred to you slowly as your husband began to lose cognitive abilities. Maybe it happened overnight, the result of a medical emergency or an accident. Either way, the responsibility for someone else's well-being now falls to you. This phase of your life can be very challenging. But you are not alone!
Having the primary responsibility for someone does NOT mean having exclusive responsibility…nor should it. Humans are social beings. Even in illness, we deserve to spend time with others. Even when we are in charge of others, we deserve time for ourselves. Adult Day Programs can provide both…socializing and fun for your loved one, and time for you.
When a person with memory loss or physical disabilities attends a day program, they get a chance to recapture some independence. They may not realize that they need a social outlet, and they may fear being away from you or meeting new people. They need YOU to realize it for them, and to encourage (even to insist) that it happen.
When you become a caregiver, it's easy to get lost in the needs of your loved one. Don't let that happen. Staying healthy and happy makes you a better, kinder caregiver. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness, it is a way to find strength.
If your goal is to keep your loved one living at home, please consider an Adult Day Program. Keeping your life balanced makes it easier to reach this goal. Gentog offers a fun-filled day in Newberg on Mondays, from 10 until 3. We're open in Tigard every weekday from 6:30am until 6:30pm and on Saturdays from 10 until 5. We look forward to meeting you and your loved one! Learn more at www.gentog.com.
11535 SW Durham Rd #C5
Tigard, OR 97224