My wife has dementia. I am her caregiver since I am retired and have the time, and I love her like no agency hired hand with a HS diploma and a few hours of training could (in spite of the agency's advertising literature showing loving and always smiling caregivers). I have never felt 'burned out'. I hire a caregiver once a week so I can do the shopping, etc. I love to take care of my wife. I fully understand the need for family members, who also have families and/or have to work, to hire outside agency help. But what are the actual facts and scientific statistics on the pros and cons of outside agency help?. My daughter says I should hire more help so I would not need to do anything except sit around and watch. I would be bored.