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Long Distance Caregiving

Caregivers generally serve as an energy socket not to just to the person in their care, but to the rest of the family and to people at work and friends and neighbors, in other words, the go-to person, the “giver”. However, sometimes energy outlets get overloaded and shut down because there is a surge and then they blow a fuse. This is why caregivers need to ease up on their special type of guilt of never doing enough by carving out time for the self to have fun and fulfillment. Everyone has a right to an authentic life. However, what about the long distance caregiver? This long distance caregiver is always internally guilt-ridden, torn apart by not being “there”. And don’t forget the worn-out family members who are pointing an accusing figure to stoke the fire! “I do all the work, what do you do except send the money and live your life? You have no idea what it is like!”

If you are a caregiver from a distance for an Alzheimer’s patient, whether this means the patient is being taken care of at home by another family member, a live-in companion or at a nursing home, you will feel guilty. How do you connect and supervise? How do you help those bearing the brunt of the burden to lighten their load?
For more information on caregiving read my book, Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show




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