Is now the right time?
If you have a family member with a significant mental or physical disability, you and your family have been doing the best you can to provide care. Perhaps you’ve even modified your home to be more accessible and taken other measures to provide consistent high quality support. But it may be getting harder to continue to provide enough care, or the situation may have changed for the worse.
So now what? Now may be the right time to become a full-time, live-in caregiver or to access additional support and services to be successful in that role. The best thing you can do is to know what your options are, what your loved one’s preferences are, and what you are capable of. It’s challenging work. But it’s also deeply satisfying. If you want to be a caregiver, know that you can, and that you will have our support every step of the way. You’re not alone. You may never have been a full-time caregiver before, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be great at it.
We encourage you to read the stories of others who have decided to become caregivers to individuals with disabilities.