You or your family member agreed to become guardian or conservator for a parent, aunt, uncle or grandparent and the individual is so mean and nasty that you’re regretting your decision to help. Dealing with this person has become an exhausting, emotional battlefield. The sad reality is that this situation happens frequently. While the courts generally prefer to have a family member assume this role, there is a point where family members opt out and decide to hire a professional. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t feel guilty. Diseases change people. The person who was your loving parent is gone; even though their physical presence appears the same. The difficulty for many family members is that they take this behavior personally, who wouldn’t? These is where a professional is able to step in and manage the situation without the emotional attachments, yet still accomplish the same goal of ensuring your parent receives care.

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About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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