Whenever she talks about self-care for caregivers, Amy Silbaugh likes to use what she calls “the airplane analogy:” In the event of an emergency during a flight, oxygen masks fall from the aircraft’s ceiling.
Caring for a loved one is a physically, emotionally and spiritually demanding job. And the warning from experts is clear: The only way to avoid burning out is to take a break.
Every day, caregivers’ minds are occupied with everything from medication schedules to symptom management. And, of course, they must remember to take care of themselves.
Northeast Ohio summers can be tough for people who struggle to breath.
Most caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia share this near-constant fear: In a moment of confusion, their loved ones might walk away from home and family and never find their way back.