Everyday we struggle with the realities of life. Sometimes it's easy to get support and talk about it, other times not. Stressful times are often those times when communication is at it's worst yet it's critical to make decisions.
How do you make decisions when everyone is not on the same page? Or when someone's voice is not being heard?
If any of these sound familiar to you, it's important to know that you aren't alone. Over 8 million Canadians provide care to a chronically ill or disabled friend or loved one. (Statistics Canada 2012)
- My child/spouse/parent has been diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness but we can't seem to talk about it.
- I think that Mom needs extra care but my Dad and my brother won't listen to me.
- I've been a caregiver for long enough, I need help.
- Our son has been diagnosed with autism but my wife and I disagree on how to support him.
Taking on the responsibility of a family caregiver often means balancing competing demands in your life, such as working, raising children and maintaining healthy interpersonal relationships. You may feel isolated, drained and under appreciated.
As a society we know that caregiving is associated with increased family conflict and stress.
As a family mediator I can help your family make these difficult conversations a little easier. Mediation will ensure that each person has a voice, that information and knowlege is shared and decisions are made. IMediation is about focusing on the future and taking action.
During the mediation we will get the issues on the table, discuss solutions and create a Care Plan. Often times this plan will set out schedules, costs and will include 'homework' such as gathering more information from local professionals and support organizations.
I understand that these conversations are the hardest to face and that not everybody will want to talk about it or deal with it the same way. The reality is that these conversations have to happen as things are going to change whether you are ready for them or not.
You don't have to go through this alone.