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.
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.
Caregivers also feel trapped because they might be afraid of leaving their loved one with a stranger, or they believe that finding someone they can trust is more trouble than it’s worth. In-home care services from reputable companies are worth the time caregivers must invest to get the respite care they need. Your church, synagogue or community center may have volunteers that have been trained to provide respite care and caregiver breaks, and you can ask your friends for a referral or visit our Community Resources page for more information.
If you’d like some additional tips or have any questions, you can reach-out to the Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center by calling us at (877) 760-9199.