Golden, CO — Pamela D. Wilson is a caregiving expert and elder care advocate dedicated to supporting caregivers of aging parents, spouses, and other family members.
“Caregivers need help and support, but they're afraid to ask,” says Wilson. “By learning the right questions to ask and how to work with healthcare professionals, the care of loved ones will improve.”
Wilson has run two caregiving organizations: in one, she served as a court-appointed guardian, financial and medical power of attorney, personal representative, trustee, and care manager for hundreds of people, legally responsible for all of their money, medical care, posthumous wishes and estates.
“Sometimes parents expect too much of their children,” says Wilson.
“Quite often, caregivers don't know what they're supposed to do. If they're appointed power of attorney for instance, they don't realize what that means or what the level of responsibility is medically or financially. Or if they're appointed guardian or conservator, they don't know what that is. So I educate them about this.
Caregiving can be very personal and fraught with many difficult emotions, foremost among them guilt.
“Caregivers have to be able to talk about this, because if they can't, they go crazy,” says Wilson. “You just have to be able to laugh about the crazy stuff, and caregiving is crazy.”
For more information on Pamela D. Wilson, visit www.pameladwilson.com