Caregivers with Depression
My husband had been enrolled in an Adult Day Care Center which he attended for about two months. That was wonderful because it gave me a full day to schedule appointments, run errands, etc. I also had a Home Health Care companion come to the house one afternoon a week so I could volunteer at the hospital. This also was good for me. However, that has all come crashing down since he refuses to go back to the day care. The last time he was there he was very disturbing to the other people and I really don’t think they want him back. Yesterday, he told his companion to leave the house and that he did not belong here. He became agressive to the point of pushing the companion. These were my only sources of respite and I’m afraid to make him do these things for fear that he will hurt someone. The only family I have here can’t help me much because my husband has decided he doesn’t want to be around my brother either.
I have been feeling very lonely, sad and depressed and I can’t seem to make myself do anything but take care of him. I really can’t even think about Christmas nor do I even want to. The doctor put me on a mild anti-depressant but it doesn’t seem to be helping much. Does anyone have any suggestions about what to do when the patient doesn’t want anyone else around but the caregiver. I know you have to take care of yourself in order to take care of them but I’m at a loss as to what to do next.