Tell Us: Does Caregiving Ever Get Easier?

Denise

Tell Us: Does Caregiving Ever Get Easier?

Denise
tennis-873834_640"Does being a caregiver ever get easier? Right now I feel like it's hard to breathe," a family caregiver recently wrote to me.

What do you think? Have you found any aspects of caregiving to get easier? Do any parts of the experience get easier to manage? Do some areas get easier while new ones feel more difficult?

Please share your thoughts and ideas in our comments, below.

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jan

Thank you for sharing this, Carolyn. You are speaking real truth. I completely understand where you are coming from.

Desiree

I can think of only two ways it can possibly get better.\r\n1) I entirely give up having any plans, hopes, or ideas for how I'd like to live my own life. Zero expectations would maybe- only maybe!- mean zero disappointment.\r\n2) One or the other of us dies.

Elphaba

There are good days and bad days. And some of the \"bad\" days are really \"oh dear Lord I need a vacation\" days. And then you feel guilty because you NEED that break...because you feel, rightly or wrongly, that you've done nothing to deserve it, because after all, in most cases, our carees have taken care of us for a lot longer than we've been caring for them.\r\n\r\nMy Mom passed last week. Quietly, peacefully, in her sleep...and *not* at home. All my sibs and I agree that was absolutely the best thing that could have happened; if Mom's passing was the outcome, it was going to happen exactly as SHE wanted it. And it did. That's the only thing keeping me sane right now.

Lillie Fuller

I think Caregiving gets harder but then it gets easier because we get used to the new change, the new decline, the new meds. However it changed to get harder, we get used to that, we grow and we learn in the changes.

Kathy

It becomes easier, when you don't expect anything and try to live for the day!