Each week I post news that I think might be helpful for caregivers to read. Some of the articles are inspirational, some educational and some are resources that might be helpful. I don’t post about 20% of the articles I find. They are news about caregiver abuse; financial, physical or emotional that involve law enforcement.
Recently, there was local news of a murder/suicide involving an elderly couple that could not deal with their struggles anymore. There are caregivers that misuse parents money. Some are emotionally cruel. It is a sad state of affairs when caregivers loose it and abuse their loved one. It is a warning to all caregivers to be careful and diligent in their responsibilities.
Caregivers are vulnerable and can come to the end of their rope without proper self care. Some in our Christian Caregiver Support Groups appreciate the confidentiality and support we provide. They have a place to just dump their feelings and not be condemned. We acknowledge that caregiving can be very hard and stressful. Most of the problems in the press involve caregivers who do not have a support group. Some wallow in self pity and become unloving and selfish. Some isolate themselves and their care receiver. They just get lost dealing with their feelings and responsibilities.
Jesus came to seek and to save those who are lost. It is our mission as Christian Caregiver Ministry to seek those who can benefit from our support. We offer understanding, care and encouragement to support each other. We read in scripture feelings similar to what we are experiencing and receive a word to handle our feelings in a Christian manner. We pray for one another and share hope to manage the load.
It is amazing that almost 20% of news articles about caregivers involve law enforcement. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this ministry in churches could make a significant dent in that percentage? If your church wants to begin an outreach to caregivers, I would be glad to help in any way I can. Contact me and we can explore your options. Dr. Tom Frommer - 913-732-0703.