It’s difficult to care for yourself when you feel guilty about help you’re receiving from others. A male client of mine has his mother living with him to provide care for his wife who has multiple sclerosis and other health complications. He works two jobs and cares for his wife on the weekends. His mother who has been helping for three years is at the point of exhaustion and burn out. He has mentioned that the world would be better “without him” at least his wife would then receive care somewhere. He has applied for Medicaid but is on the waiting list for a number of care facilities and doesn’t know how much longer he can hold out. This situation is increasingly common as younger individuals in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s are experiencing health transitions that require a substantial amount of care. No one expects to find them in this situation but many do, and then what?  If you’re an overwhelmed caregiver, help exists, click here.


About Pamela Wilson

PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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