I quit my job 2 years ago to become my mom's full-time caregiver. My sister lives 10 minutes away and "disowned" the family and my "baby" brother comes by for a free meal & to do his laundry. If I don't cook the big Sunday dinner, my mom will actually try to cook one when she can't make herself coffee. I watch my mom 20 out of the 24 hours and my husband & I have given up our house, our privacy & most of all...sleep! Everyone i telling me to "take some time" for ourselves but how can I? I practically beg my brother to stay 1 day & 1 night every 6 months just so I can get away with my husband but its really not enough. I would love to get away once a month or at least every other month. I cannot physically drag him to my house. I just guilt him into staying. People tell me that there's programs to have a homecare person bathe her & stay with her while I'm out....sorta like a babysitter for seniors. Is this true? Anyone know if Medicare offers this...I've searched but its mainly for hospice care. My mom is a dialysis patient that just got diagnosed with mild dementia. I'm already burnt out & a nursing home is not affordable.