A Reversal of Roles
A reversal of roles can be difficult for both the parent and adult child. The parent may be resistant to their children “stepping in” and assisting with day to day affairs.
The parent may feel a sense of powerlessness and loss of control over decision making. There may be fears about their own physical or cognitive decline and worry about becoming a burden on their child.
Involving the parent in each step of change or decision made, may ease these concerns for the parent. Preservation of dignity and respect is key in making this reversal transition go more smoothly.