“I Can’t Do This!”

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!

Georgia Chapter Blog

Caregiver Stress Caregiver Stress

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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  1. I used excerpts from your post in my post today. Check it out: The Evolution of Caregiving http://bgmatthewsblog.wordpress.com/

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