Monday, August 3, 2015
I was working as the admission director in a upscale assisted living/ dementia care community when I met the sweetest gentleman. He approached my office door in almost a sheepish manner. "Do you have a minute?" he asked. "Absolutely," I answered, "please sit down." With stooped shoulders and rumpled shirt he slouched down into the chair and let out a small audible sigh. He was living alone with his wife of 52 years he explained. She was having trouble remembering things, and was very confused. "Sometimes, she doesn't even know me," he looked down at the carpet and shuffled his feet. "It's hard because she needs help with "things." I immediately knew what he meant. I could also see that he was exhausted mentally and physically.
All too often this is the scenario. Caregiver stress is a very real issue.