There are ways to help overcome guilt that a caregiver may feel while feeling overburdened.
Exercise: Consider the diverse roles you play as caregiver. Consider the specific tasks, you are expected to accomplish relating to the caregiving role you are assessing (i.e. bathing, feeding, shopping, medication administration, etc.). Note the actual/ projected time spent completing these tasks & how many of these tasks you are actually completing. Next, compare this time spent devoted to caregiving with time you devote to other aspects of your life (i.e. relationship, family time, work hours, "me time", etc.). Is there balance?
This exercise should help to put things into perspective and lessen the chances of feelings of guilt as you realize that there is only so much that you can feasibly do. You must be careful not to be so overburdened that you cannot care for the ones needing your assistance and yourself. Being overburdened with feelings of guilt may be stressful and lead to other areas of disharmony, within yourself, including mental and physical illness. Caregivers must be able to withstand the demands of the caregiving role and put things into perspective concerning what is reasonable to actually accomplish while maintaining some since of normalcy within their own lives, thus, alleviating feelings of guilt.