Taking care of a loved one who has diminished health can be a challenge and take a toll on the caretaker. When the loved one has a memory disorder such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, caring for them can be very difficult.
For the caretaker of a patient with a memory disorder, it is a particularly stressful period to come to terms with the reality of the situation. It is important to note that as the caretaker cares for the patient, he/she must also keep track of his/her own emotional needs.
Taking care of a loved one can be emotionally taxing and financially stressful. You need to share the feelings of guilt, frustration and anger that naturally comes with care-taking. It is important to join a support group pertaining to the memory disorder of the patient. Be sure to keep in mind that you cannot be a perfect caretaker, you can’t do it all, and it is ok to ask for and accept help.
Sometimes caretakers might suffer from depression while caring for a loved one. It is normal to feel irritable or angry with the patient at times. Be aware if you are using medications or other drugs frequently to alter your mood or increase energy. At times, relationship conflicts and social isolation might arise as a result of caring for a loved one who suffers from a memory disorder.
If you are experiencing any of the above mentioned issues, it may be beneficial to talk to a professional in order to work through them. Seeking professional help can be one of the most important things you do in caring for yourself.