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A Caregiver Story: The Benefit of a Break

by: Kathi Koll on

Doreen’s 87-year-old mother needs round-the-clock care due to dementia, blindness, and diabetes. Moving is also painful for her because of osteoarthritis and an old hip fracture. Because her two siblings aren’t able to help, Doreen has stepped in as the primary caregiver, which has meant stepping down from her own full-time career to part-time employment. In addition, Doreen has had trouble finding trustworthy substitute caregivers so she could do her part-time work, go on errands, and visit with her daughters. This lack of any break has led to extreme exhaustion, which h more