There are many reasons we agree to take on the ultimate role reversal of caring for a parent. Feelings of guilt, obligation, responsibility, and love can be a part of the equation. Suddenly, you're juggling too many balls as a parent, spouse, employee, friend, and caregiver. There is little room left for you in this scenario.
Your mom and dad will always be your parents, regardless of your age. Past relationships with your parents and siblings will influence your interactions as their caregiver. Spend some time reflecting on the labels you had growing up in your family. These memories may be good and bad. Were you the good kid or the troublemaker? How do you see yourself today as an adult member of your family? How will it affect your ability to be a member of the caregiving team for your parent?
Include this in your thinking as you carve out your role as your parent's caregiver. If there was past or current conflict, you may want to add additional members to your caregiving team. There may be family, friends, or health care professionals from whom your parent might be more open to getting the necessary assistance.