Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s is a challenging job. Standing in front of your mother, father, or any person you care deeply about and having him or her look at you with no recognition at all is a heartbreaking feeling. Alzheimer’s caregivers push this heartbreak and pain aside each day and go on with their duties of caring for their loved ones. But the daily stress and emotional struggle can come with a high price.
Oftentimes, the care for aging parents must be taken on by their adult children. Dubbed the “Sandwich Generation,” these adults have the added stress of raising children of their own, managing their own households, dealing with financial burdens and limited resources, and maintaining a full-time job on top of providing care.
Caregiver burnout is common when caring for Alzheimer’s patients, so it is important to recognize the signs, such as excessive stress and tension, debilitating depression, persistent anxiety, anger or guilt, decreased overall life satisfaction or relationship conflicts and social isolation. It is also important to take some preemptive steps to avoid burnout altogether.
At Live Free Home Health Care, our caregivers can help ease your load and keep you from succumbing to caregiver burnout. Our respite care services are always available whenever you need time off from your caregiving duties to relax and recharge your batteries. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.