Prisoner in my own home

When I married forty years ago it was for better or worse but since my husband became ill I feel like a prisoner in my own home.  I’m taking my frustrations out on him and I know it’s not fair.  What can I do?

A.It appears that since your husband became ill, you’ve made it your mission to meet his every need; please realize we all need a break sometimes.  While you are to be commended for your love and commitment to him, you are experiencing caregiver break down and putting your own health at risk.  Consider if you get sick, hurt, or simply collapse who will care for you and your husband?  Because you cannot always control what may happen to you going forward, it’s always good to have a backup person in place to give you some assistance.  And it could be a good thing to give yourself and your husband a break from each other.  He may have a church friend or neighbor who would love to spend a couple of hours with him or he might enjoy a short outing to the Senior Center for some planned activities.  Senior Solutions Home Care has a trained staff to provide you some needed respite and to give you a break from your daily chores like light housekeeping, laundry, grocery shopping, errands, transportation or assisting your husband with his personal hygiene.  We tailor our care plan to meet your needs and there is no contract to sign or an upfront fee.  We’re happy to come to your home and discuss our complete range of services or you’re welcome to visit our office and meet our staff.  We’re here to help.