Caregiver Breakdown

Senior with dementia enjoying the day

Caregiver breakdown is real. Whether the stress of taking care of someone with a life-limiting illness comes from the physical or emotional part – it can certainly take a toll on those looking after a loved one. On the one hand, caring for your family member demonstrates love and commitment and can be a very rewarding personal experience. On the other hand, exhaustion, worry, inadequate resources and continuous care are enormously stressful.

Guilt is the most common emotion caregivers face, they often burden themselves with a long list of self-imposed “oughts,” “shoulds,” and “musts.” it’s impossible to  “do it all”. Resentment is also a big one-caregivers often feel put-upon by others, including siblings, other family members, and adult children who don’t do enough to help. Without enough support or non-caregiving outlets, caregivers start to feel ignored, abandoned, or alone.

If you are caring for a loved one with a life-limiting illness, hospice can help. Hospice services address the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of caregivers, just as they do with their patients. In fact, a vital part of hospice services is in support of caregivers so that they do not experience caregiver breakdown. Hospice ease’s the burdens of a caregiver in many ways-we provide support to you and your loved one right in the comforts of your own home and surroundings. We can show how to properly give medications and our certified nursing assistants can help with personal hygiene needs, social workers and support staff are also on hand if needed. Hospice healthcare professionals will make sure that caregivers are fully informed and well-prepared to care for loved-ones to the best of your ability with our help and support. You are not alone.

For more information call us today at 702-636-0200.