To be honest, I can’t believe I actually wrote this book. It all started a year ago in July 2014 when my mother passed away. The multi-year journey for my brother Garrett and I came to a close. As I look back at my father’s death some 20 years ago, my mother aging and the thousands of families we have help through my Personal Care Home Health Company, Homewatch CareGivers, I felt a compelling need to tell my story and help others.
“A Son’s Journey: Taking Care of Mom and Dad,” is my way of giving back. My story is all about the lessons I learned, the information and resources I have gathered and some helpful tools to make other’s journey more successful. I learned the hard way how stressful and challenging it is to all of a sudden have a new role thrown upon you. The cycle of life is an amazing thing! Caring for your parents. Experiencing this role reversal is not only emotionally challenging, it comes with tremendous physical and financial stress.
“A Son’s Journey” is an inspirational piece that provides adult children and any one entrusted caring for a loved one the information, tools and support required to care, protect and create a safe environment. Caring for an aging loved one or a loved one with a disability can be overwhelming at times. Everyone needs a helping hand once in a while. My wish for you is that you find one or two helpful ideas to make the care of your loved one a little easier.
You are not in this alone! There are thousands of excellent resources, some of which are free, to help you with your own personal journey. It provides a wealth of material such as how to blend being a caregiver and loved on at the same time. How to find the best Personal Care Company for your loved one. Understanding how to have “the talk” with your parents about their aging. I also demystify hospice and show how hospice can be a wonderful gift to give. There are literately over 100 specific tools, ideas and helpful tips to help you and your family be the best they can be in supporting a loved one as they age.
“A Son’s Journey,” not only provides resources but through stories, it makes what we all experience more manageable. While some heartbreak is inevitable, there is humorous stories and even a little romance. The book mirrors life in every way.