Caring for a loved one can be extremely rewarding and satisfying. It can however also be physically and emotionally demanding. Many caregivers often new to the situation, may not realize the full implications of caring for someone, and the challenges that they may potentially face. Find out what caregiver burnout is, what the common symptoms are and the best ways to combat burnout.
Many elders wish to live independently at home for longer rather than move into assisted or residential care. Illness and disabilities resulting from ageing can however mean that your loved one may need additional care and support from friends and family if they are to live in their home.
A difficult decision will often need to be made. Should you care for your loved one at their home or yours, or should you care for them from a distance? Alternatively, should you encourage them to move into residential care so that they can be cared by others, thus taking some the weight off your shoulders?