The Reef for Male Caregivers – How to Avoid Being Trapped by Caregiving
Hello and welcome. There’s no question that caregiving can be tough and that caregivers often feel trapped, isolated and alone. And to make matters worse, when caregivers finally find some time for themselves, or actually have a little fun, they feel guilty and the cycle begins all over again.
So, how can you find ways not feel trapped?
First, recognize that unjustified guilt is destructive in so many ways. The worst aspect about this is that it makes caregivers believe that they are a failure, when in reality caregivers are the heroes and leaders when caring for someone that has dementia.
There are some things that caregivers can do that will help them from feeling trapped. If you’re home-bound and unable to leave to attend a support group, consider connecting with others through a telephone support group or through a community page on Facebook. Although this isn’t ideal, it will still give you the chance to talk and interact with others.
You can also consider sending your loved one to an adult day care center or community center that has a program for seniors who need supervision. These programs typically provide activities for the patient, while providing you with some time for yourself. Some centers allow you to use their services on an as-needed basis without forcing you to make a long-term commitment.
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