While there are an abundance of programs and services accessible for caregivers, it's not that easy to break away from a loved one. While Charlie might be ready for some rest and relaxation, he said that at this point, Joan is not ready to partake in any programs offered through the association or elsewhere. So what do you do?
"[I'm] taking it day by day," he said, having no long-term plans in order yet. He said he doesn't expect their routine to change until it becomes mandatory.
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