Few caregivers maintain their connections with the rest of the community. Often, just re-establishing some relationships helps. If the caregiver was active in a church or social organization or has a fairly stable neighborhood, these friends will often be eager to help if someone just gives them permission and encouragement. Isolation can really sap caregivers' self-esteem and their ability to reach out for help. If at all possible, join a support group and get together with people who are "in the same boat." Even if you have to hire a sitter for a few hours or bargain with a neighbor for help, try hard to get a break and get out in the world.
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