Caregiving is a lonely job, but it doesn’t have to be. I’m not sure if it’s the pride of thinking no one can care for your loved one but you, or if it’s the guilt of feeling like you are shirking your duties if you take a break. Either way, too many caregivers try to shoulder the huge burden of caring all by themselves.
The truth is, your loved one will not suffer irreparable harm if you ask a friend to read to Mom for an hour while you go for a walk or if you hire a sitter to stay with Dad while you go on a date with your spouse. In fact, the opposite is probably true — you will both be better off after your mini-vacation.
I know from experience that nothing good comes from trying to go it alone. You might end up in the hospital with a heart condition, you might develop a chronic disease, or you might end up in a pile on the front porch. Don’t let your pride or guilt or anything else get in the way. Ask for help!
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