Karen Whitehead Counseling provides support for caregivers in Dunwoody, GA and surrounding cities.
Overwhelmed and exhausted?
Your phone buzzes. You look at the screen and your heart sinks.
Is it your dad’s assisted living in Dunwoody calling to tell you he’s fallen? Is it your mom calling to ask you to run an errand or take her to a doctor’s appointment at Northside, Emory, or Piedmont? Maybe it’s not a call at all, but one of a zillion reminders of everything you have to do as you manage your mom or dad’s medical conditions, needs, and finances. And that’s only half of it. There’s also your own children, relationships, commitments, work, and responsibilities. How the hell do you handle it all?
The sandwich generation used to sound appealing.
Sandwiches are good, right? Satisfying and firm exterior, with a delicious and rewarding interior. Instead you’re stuck in the middle, being pulled in opposite directions with no idea how to hold it all together. You can’t seem to do anything well. You feel guilty and worried about your mom or dad, afraid you’re not doing enough, while at the same time forgetting your daughter’s soccer practice or that you meant to mail brownies to your son in college for exams. You wonder if your kids can start to Uber to/from their activities and totally forget your friend’s birthday. Once upon a time, you could hold all the balls in the air, now they’re falling like raindrops in a thunderstorm.
I can help. Together we will tackle the practical pieces of helping a parent with senior living, cancer or medical needs, and lessen the emotional weight of your responsibilities giving you the freedom to enjoy and thrive in this stage of life.