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

  • Tracy R. Whitaker
Keywords: professional help-seeking; relative caregiving, role conflict, helping, help-seeking


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 adjust to the changes in my life after my mother had a stroke. This narrative discusses some of resistance that initially hindered my professional help-seeking as well as the benefits of finally reaching out for assistance.