Letting Go and Learning to Float: A Caregiver’s Story


  • Tracy R. Whitaker Howard University


Professional help-seeking, relative caregiving, role conflict,


Professional training prepares one for many things, but not necessarily for becoming a caregiver.  Although I was trained as a social worker, it was a geriatric care manager who provided the resources and hope that allowed me to ajust to the changes in my life after my mother had a stroke.  This narrative discusses some of the resistance that initially hindered my professional help-seeking as well as the benefits of finally reaching out for assistance.

Author Biography

Tracy R. Whitaker, Howard University

School of Social Work

Associate Professor




How to Cite

Whitaker, T. R. (2015). Letting Go and Learning to Float: A Caregiver’s Story. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 20(3), 18–21. Retrieved from https://reflectionsnarrativesofprofessionalhelping.org/index.php/Reflections/article/view/1343