Stress is the number one reason that caregivers get sick: see this helpful article on caregiver stress.
As geriatric care managers we see this all the time — caregivers wearing themselves out trying to look after their loved ones.
Don’t fall victim to the “I have to do it myself” mentality. Services are available, volunteer groups exist, neighbors will help where you didn’t expect it. And when you allow others to make a contribution to you and your loved one, you give them the gift of making a difference in the life of another.
The clients we serve are incredibly relieved to have assistance, and the relationships with their loved ones invariably improves.