My mother has severe arthritis and mobility issues, uses a wheelchair and potty chair, often has to get up during the night, and has vascular dementia (so far mild). She's had one minor stroke and more falls than I can remember, so she cannot be left home alone safely. I am the only child and sole caregiver. After several years of escalating health problems, I'm thinking of hiring a live-in caregiver at some point. Right now I have her in respite because I was out of town, and to be honest, I am not looking forward to bringing her home because I have been overwhelmed. Since I started caregiving, my own health has deteriorated (now am on two meds for hypertension when it was fine before and my dr recommended an antidepressant). I've read about people who are not cut out to be caregivers and I am afraid that I might be one of those people but promised that I would take care of her. I've been making do with some home help but can see the time coming when, if I can find the right person, a live in caregiver would let me have some kind of life for myself and relieve a lot of the stress. Thanks!