Senior Health

Feeling Guilty When the Caregiver's Role Ends

If you are currently a caregiver, you are not alone.

If you are caring for a spouse, a parent or even a child with disabilities, it is crucial for you to help them live safely and independently. Caring for them can become a labor of love that is overwhelming, exhausting, and stressful. You aren’t alone. There are more than 40 million Americans who are family caregivers, and each one of them could use support.

Realize that HELP is not one of those four-letter words you hate to use. Ask for help to find supportive care options that are facilities and programs which your loved one can go to give you a much need break from 24/7 caregiving. These include senior centers, adult day care programs, and services that provide meal delivery, reassurance visits, and home care.

It is easy to find services that are professional or on a volunteer basis. There are also organizations like Senior Corp  who will provide a trained volunteer to come and stay with your loved one at least once a week. Your local church may even offer programs.