NOVEMBER 15 2021
In the late 80s the term helicopter parent was coined to describe someone who hovered over their child(ren) and controlled every aspect of their lives. As a professional dementia caregiver, I have witnessed the same phenomenon occur with family caregivers. Helicopter caregivers dominate every aspect of their loved ones day, believing a dementia diagnosis dictates the need for protection and compassion that can only be met by themselves. As the caregiver is hovering over their loved one, they are neglecting their own needs and wants. This is a recipe for disaster. Reaching out for help will greatly benefit both the caregiver and their loved one with dementia, promoting better care and, in turn, better days. You do not have to do it alone caregivers! Help is out there! As always, questions and comments are encouraged.
“𝑊𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑑𝑖𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑛𝑑, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑤𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑑𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑎𝑖𝑙𝑠.”— 𝐷𝑜𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑃𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑜𝑛
As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns. I am here to help!