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.

  • Managing Feelings of Guilt When Hiring In-Home Care

    Difficult emotions like guilt often bubble up when facing the need to hire in-home care for a senior. Fortunately, there are steps family caregivers can take to restore balance in their lives and feel at peace with the decision to hire help.

  • Constantly Feeling Mad, Guilty? Overcoming Negative Emotions while Caregiving

    The negative language surrounding caregiving often traps caregivers into an endless mental loop of anger, guilt and sadness. Practice this technique to let go of judgment and readjust your mindset.

  • 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.

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

    Watching a once vibrant person decline is never easy, especially when their quality of life is low. Caregivers may wish for an end, not out of cruelty, but because they are burned out and realize there is little else they can do to help their loved one.

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

    Both family caregivers and seniors may benefit from a little-known form of psychotherapy that targets the symptoms of prolonged grief and PTSD that can occur after a parent or spouse passes away.

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  • How to Identify and Minimize Caregiver Burden

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

  • A Self-Help Approach to Coping with Caregiver Stress

    It is easy to get caught up in caring for others and forget to take care of yourself. However, staying healthy mentally and physically directly affects the quality of care and interaction that you are able to provide for others.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A Guide to Caring for a Narcissistic Senior

    Those with NPD tendencies are so caught up in themselves that they have a limited ability to love other people, understand their perspectives or value their emotions. Accepting this reality will help you come to terms with your uniquely difficult caregiving role, alter your expectations and set boundaries with your care recipient.

  • “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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dealing with the Guilt of Long-Distance Caregiving

    For long-distance caregivers for parents who live in assisted living or nursing home, visiting isn't always an option. How can you make sure your parent is healthy and happy?

  • Feel at Peace: Lose the Caregiver Guilt

    From ignoring an elderly parent's endless calls, to wanting to take time for yourself, you're bound to feel guilty about some aspects of caregiving. Here's how one caregiver learned to stop feeling guilty and move on to feel peace.

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