Caregiver Burnout: A Pervasive Problem

CaregiverBurnoutiS-Caregiver_Burnout__A_Pervasive_Problem-iStock-828563306....My mom passed two years ago and my dad hasn’t done well since. Recently he had a stroke. My sister, who lives 1,000 miles away, came out for mom’s funeral, and she also visited for a few days after dad’s stroke, but she has a job and a family and couldn’t stay long. Now, dad’s been diagnosed with vascular dementia. Realistically, I’m the sole caregiver. I have two teenaged children, a husband who is, so far, supportive, and a job. I’m already beginning to feel burned out after just a few months. What can I do to help myself get through this and still take care of my dad? ...Your feelings are warning you, so take yourself seriously. Nearly all caregiving brings stress, and sometimes it’s hard to see the line between caregiver stress and caregiver burnout. Below are some of my top suggestions:

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Caregiver Burnout: A Pervasive Problem