No matter how tough you think you are, caregiver burnout is a real condition. Know the signs and don’t be afraid to ask for help!
By Theresa Bayman, Program Director Coastal Region
Recently, a member of one of my support groups (with whom I have become very close), reached her caregiver “breaking point.” Most, if not all caregivers, find themselves at this point at least once throughout their experience. This particular caregiver is a retired nurse – which you might think would give her a leg-up when it comes to care-giving for a loved one at home – but you’d be wrong about that.
When it comes to caring for someone we love, especially a parent or a spouse, the playing field is leveled. Dementia care-giving is unlike most other care-giving experiences because of the ever-changing needs and limitations of the person receiving care. With many illnesses, a caregiver can ask the patient “Are you in pain?; Are you hungry?; Would you like some company?” With a dementia diagnosis, caregivers do not always have…
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