Guilt & Caregiving

  • A Caregiver's Guilt

    Trying to please someone with memory issues can seem like a losing battle. Many caregivers bend over backwards for their loved ones only to have their efforts fail or fall short. Sometimes the guilt feels overwhelming.

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  • How to Manage Caregiver Guilt When Hiring a Home Health Aide

    Family caregivers often feel guilty about hiring in-home care for their aging loved ones, but there are steps you can take to feel at peace with this care decision.

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  • Overcoming Negative Emotions While Caregiving

    How does a caregiver break the cycle of negative thinking? Learn to manage feelings of resentment, anger and guilt brought about by caring for an elderly loved one.

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  • 10 Common Caregiver Confessions

    Negative thoughts are a normal reaction to stressful situations. Instead of feeling guilty, caregivers must acknowledge these difficult feelings and seek out solutions to achieve a better care experience for both themselves and their care recipient.

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  • A Common Caregiver Confession: “I Secretly Wish My Ill Loved One Would Die”

    Watching an aging loved one decline is never easy, especially when they have a low quality of life. Caregivers experiencing burn out may wish for an end, not out of cruelty, but because they realize there is little they can do to help.

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  • Caregiving & Guilt: How to Stop Feeling Guilty

    From ignoring an elderly parent's endless calls, to wanting to take time for yourself, family caregivers are bound to feel guilty about some aspects of caregiving.

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  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy May Help Family Caregivers Cope With Complicated Grief

    Caregivers and seniors may benefit from this little-known form of psychotherapy that targets the symptoms of prolonged grief and post-traumatic stress that can arise after a care recipient dies.

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  • How to Identify and Minimize Caregiver Burden

    As a family caregiver, do you know how stressed out you truly are? Answer a few questions to determine your level of caregiver burden and find resources that can help reduce the strain of caring for an aging loved one.

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  • A Self-Help Approach to Coping with Caregiver Stress

    It’s easy to get caught up in caregiving and let your own needs take a backseat, but your physical and mental health directly affect the quality of care you provide. Put yourself first by learning how to prioritize self-care and prevent caregiver burnout.

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  • How to Engage in Self-Care While Grieving

    Grief is an inescapable part of caregiving. We mourn an aging loved one’s physical and cognitive losses as they decline and eventually mourn their death. Self-care is vital to a caregiver’s physical and mental health throughout the grieving process.

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  • My Husband Has Dementia: Another Day With Charlie

    My husband has dementia. I have mixed feelings every time I hear his cane hit the floor in the morning. I dread the day that I can no longer cope and he has to go into long-term care.

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  • A Guide to Caring for Narcissistic Parents

    Narcissists have a limited ability to love other people and value their emotions. Accepting this reality will help you come to terms with your uniquely difficult caregiving role and set boundaries with your narcissistic mother or father.

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  • “I Promised My Parents I'd Never Put Them in a Nursing Home”

    Many family caregivers vow to never place their aging parents or spouses in a nursing home. But when their needs increase and caring for them at home becomes a struggle, a promise that was made in good faith often becomes a source of guilt and contention.

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  • Keeping Seniors Busy and Active

    If a senior’s abilities have waned, it can be challenging to find ways to adapt or replace the pastimes they once loved. In some cases, there is no encouraging or convincing an elderly loved one to remain active.

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  • Adult Day Care Can Fill a Gap for Seniors and Their Caregivers

    The benefits of adult day care services are twofold. Your aging parent can enjoy social opportunities, activities and added safety, while you are free to work, run errands, attend appointments or savor some respite time.

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  • Caring for Aging Parents Who Didn’t Care for You

    Caring for aging parents is complicated enough, but for those who endured abusive and neglectful childhoods, caregiving can reopen old wounds and cause new trauma. Choosing whether to participate in a parent’s care is tough, but you do have options.

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  • If You Knew Then What You Know Now: Hindsight for Caregivers

    A hindsight view about caregiving. If experienced caregivers could go back in time what advice would they give themselves about caregiving?

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  • How do I handle the guilt from not being able to keep my elderly father company all the time?

    Respite care provides caregivers with a break from taking care of a loved one. Find out how to avoid burnout by taking some respite from caregiving.

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  • I just moved my father with Alzheimer's disease into a nursing home. I feel so guilty. What can I do?

    Care decisions for elderly parents are difficult. Remind yourself that choosing a nursing home means that you took the steps necessary to ensure that dad will be safe and able to get the care and attention he needs for Alzheimer's Disease.

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  • Dealing with the Guilt and Challenges of Long-Distance Caregiving

    For long-distance caregivers whose parents reside in senior living facilities, frequent in-person visits aren’t always an option. So, how can you manage their care from afar and avoid feeling guilty about not being there more often?

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