In this blog, I will be discussing many aspects that affect many people today, caring for elderly parents. Not everyone wants to place their parent(s) in a nursing home and not everyone is able to take on the extra responsibility of caring for elderly parents. It is a huge decision! My husband and I “inherited” my parents, when I was of the age of 37. Most will become Care Takers in their 60’s, after they have retired, but that time came when I was in my 30’s. My daughter was 3 and my son was 18 months old. I always joke around and say that I actually have 4 kids, you have to when you have those dynamics in the home at the same time!
My parents were at the point where they were no longer able to manage themselves well. So my husband and I came to the decision to sell our starter home and buy a bigger home that could accommodate everyone. Not every story of how one got to this point is the same, but I will be sharing many aspects that we went through together. I hope that it will be comforting for many and also informative and most of all uplifting! I intend on being honest and discussing the good, the bad and the ugly, but also how God was able to move in each of our lives through this. My parents are still alive and well, but the transition process and everything in between will hopefully stand as a “guide” for those that are finding themselves at this point. If you know Jesus, He will sustain you through this difficult time, so stay anchored in Him. If you do not know Jesus, my heart goes out to you because you are literally using all of your own strength. I am so thankful to have a God that literally commands us to “cast all of our cares on Him because He cares for us”(I Peter 5:7). I simply could not cope without Him.
This journey will have it’s bumps in the road, but again, if you know Jesus, just remember Phillipians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” You are not alone and Jesus sees all your effort as if you have done it for Him, so stand strong. May you be blessed as you read my experience.