If a family member is the caregiver of a loved one, the first rule to remember is “care for yourself first”. The quality of the caregiving is directly related to condition of the caregiver. Guilt of turning the care of a loved one over to someone else is a stumbling block for many family caregivers, but no one is capable of 24/7, 365 days of caregiving for a loved one. Without some relief of the duties, burnout is a high risk. Burnout has a direct and negative effect on the quality of care that is provided.
The best protection against “burn out” is finding and utilizing caregiver support. This support may be available in your area. Start by checking with community organizations or your area agency on aging. Many of the caregiver support companies even offer care for the loved one while the caregiver attends a meeting with the support organization.
There could also be grants available through community organizations to help with respite care, allowing the main caregiver time to rest and recharge, which is absolutely essential.