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    When caring for my parents, I have had to define and set boundaries for how I can and can’t help. (“Here’s what we can and can’t do, and when we are available to help.”) I am trying to find outside resources and solutions to offer when I can’t help, because they do have real needs. How can I lovingly respond when they aren’t happy with my offer or want me to do more than I can (which would degrade my ability to care for my own family, job, responsibilities too)? How do I convince them that accepting outside help (outside of immediate family) is just how it has to be because I can’t be their full-time caregiver (even though they want me to).

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