Being a caretaker can be exhausting from what I've seen my mom do. My grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a couple years back. My mom has been her caregiver ever since. She visits her almost on a daily basis at the assisted living home. She also makes sure my grandma goes to church every Sunday. With the background my grandmother came from, she';D never miss a week of church!
So this is one thing I've said to my mom and I';D share with everyone else who is a care taker:
Know that it's okay to take a break and re-energize. It can be hard to do this because you want to make sure they are doing alright and feel loved at every moment of the day. You use every ounce of love in your body to care of them. But you have to take care of yourself just as much as them. And to be able to continue helping them, breaks are necessary for your physical, mental and emotional well-being.
What tips for caretakers do you have? Do you have a similar experience?
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