1. mad&sad

    mad&sad Registered User

    Aug 21, 2007
    Feel so bad at being an awful carer,that l'm thinking of taking the cowards way out.is this an usual response to the strain we are facing
  2. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    Dear mad & sad.
    What is the coward`s way out?
    Love xx
  3. Brucie

    Brucie Registered User

    Jan 31, 2004
    near London
    Hi mad&sad

    You might think the cowards way out is not to be there in some way to care for your Mum - and thus you will not feel the hurt any more.

    Few of us were built to be carers for someone who has the needs of a dementia sufferer. Caring for your Mum is always going to be stressful, and most carers I think may believe they are, at best, barely coping.

    What you need to think about is how your Mum will fare if you are, for some reason, not there to help her.

    If you were not there, then someone else would have to do it.

    But that option is possible with you there as well, you simply need to identify where the appropriate help is, and get it into action.

    Just a little help may lead you to feel the responsibility for caring is lightened for you.

    have a look at some AS fact sheets:



    Try to think a step at a time how you can improve your current situation.

    If you are desperate, try calling The Samaritans
    or you could also call the Alzheimer's Society Help Line
    Finally, you can also, of course, post your fears and questions here on TP.

    best wishes
  4. Skye

    Skye Registered User

    Aug 29, 2006
    SW Scotland
    Dear mad&sad, please will you tell us a bit more about yourself? Your post worries me because I don't know quite what you mean.

    Are you thinking of putting your mum in a nursing home? That wouldn't be cowardly if you feel you can't cope any more. Many of us have to do that.

    Are you planning to ask for help? That wouldn't be cowardly either, in fact it would probably be the most sensible thing you can do.

    Worst scenario -- are you thinking of suicide? That's not cowardly either, but is not the best solution for either of you. Your mum because she'd still be in a NH, you because -- well.........

    Please let us know how we can help you, by PM to any of us if you can't face posting publicly.

    But please bear one thing in mind. You are not bad at caring. We all feel inadequate at times, and the strain gets to us all. AD is a dreadful disease for both the sufferer and the carer.

    Please let us help you.

  5. DickG

    DickG Registered User

    Feb 26, 2006
    Dear mad&sad

    Like you I am close to the end of my tether and want to be out of it. I have given it my best shot so I must now consider a nursing home for Mary - it will not be easy but it is better to have a broken heart than a broken spirit. I have my family backing me up which is some comfort but it will still be hard.

    Tell us a bit more about your circumstances and feelings for there are TPers who have gone through what you are going through and will be able to offer you good advice.

    Thanks to having the advantage of reading of many postings on this subject for some while I have all the advice I need to analyse my position and to make the necessary decision.

    Keep in touch

  6. paris07

    paris07 Registered User

    Jul 11, 2007
    Dear mad&sad,
    I have felt very low many times since mum has been living with hubby and me and has been diagnosed with dementia. she is very demanding and verbally abusive to my self, family and friends.and sometimes I have wished I could get away form the situation.

    Thankfully I have always had support from family and friends, lately a lot of good friends found here on Talking Point. to know that there are other people out there going through similar lives helps very much.

    I urge you to talk to someone, about your situation .
    I send you all my best wishes,
    regards paris07

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