Caregiving for a senior loved one can be rewarding role. Providing daily assistance to someone who took care of you as a child can give you an opportunity to reconnect and build memories. The downside is it can also be lonely, especially if the older adult can’t be left alone or has mobility challenges that make it tough for them to leave the house.
Family caregivers often end up isolated and alone. Many times, they don’t even realize it is happening. Withdrawal from friends and social activities happens gradually.
The caregiver may start giving up one or two social activities they’ve always enjoyed. Then, outings with friends happen less frequently. One day, the caregiver realizes just how isolated and alone they’ve become.
Why Do Caregivers Become Isolated?
Family caregivers become isolated for a variety of reasons. Two of the most common ones are:
Whatever the reason, isolation and a lack of support can lead to a weary, stressed-out caregiver.
Finding Balance When You Are a Family Caregiver
When you are struggling, it might feel impossible to find balance between caregiving and maintaining a life of your own. Here are a few suggestions you may find helpful:
We have more resources designed to offer family caregivers the education and tools they need. Our “Caregiver Support” page addresses topics ranging from senior care expenses to tackling tough conversations with an elder. We also invite you to call the Sunrise Senior Living community nearest you to learn more about respite care, assisted living, or memory care.