To care for a loved one is a beautiful and empowering thing to do. Those individuals who can make time to be a caregiver are some of the most reliable people. However, it can also be time-consuming and at times a bit of a challenge. For some caregivers, it can be even more of a problem to admit when they need to take a short break. Unfortunately, according to the Commonwealth Fund 60% of caregivers surveyed are shown to have reduced health or a chronic medical condition, as compared to 33% of individuals who were not caregivers. This statistic highlights the usefulness of respite care and why it is very much worth consideration.
When you reflect back on your childhood, you may have memories of cooking with your mother in the kitchen that stand out to you. Memories of waking up early on Saturday mornings to strap on your patterned aprons and getting straight to business. While you could be cooking meals for the whole family or just trying out fun new recipes, the memories made will never be forgotten. Cooking together is a tradition that most families can relate to in some way or another.
It’s past 4 pm and you haven’t eaten a full meal or replied back to the several messages on your phone that were received yesterday. These are just a couple of the thoughts in the mind of a caregiver that is on the road to burnout. We understand how fast things can pile up leaving you feeling overwhelmed and stressed. While these are not uncommon feelings, there are ways to avoid letting caregiver burnout get worse.
Caregiving for a parent is no easy task. It requires a not-so-subtle shift from the typical child/parent relationship to one of a caregiver and recipient of care. For families, this can be a tough thing to grasp. While rewarding, caregiving comes with its fair share of stress and guilt for the child – especially if they are also maintaining a family and working in a career.
Caring for a loved one is extremely gratifying and fulfilling, all while being mentally and physically draining. For those caregivers who need time for themselves and to recharge, Respite care gives caregivers time away from those they care for on a daily basis. This temporary relief gives them the opportunity to take a break from the daily routines and challenges they experience when caring for an elderly loved one. Because of this, respite care is known as the 'gift of time.'
It is not uncommon to find yourself living in a different state than your parents. Many children relocate for college, a job, or a marriage and settle down away from their family. The older generation also is known to move to warmer areas of the country to live their golden years away from harsher climates. Because of these factors, it sometimes becomes apparent that your parent needs help, even though you are far away. So what do you do to help get them the care they require?
As a family caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s, you understand the need for diligence. If they wander, you may have installed a video monitoring system. If they exhibit signs of confusion and struggle with the everyday tasks of living, you may have obtained the services of an in-home care provider to assist them. While these are easily solvable, a more severe problem are scams targeted to seniors.
It hits you like a ton of bricks. "I am sorry, but your husband has Alzheimer's." You just learned your spouse has Alzheimer's. You have noticed for awhile that he was forgetful, or seemed confused with tasks he had done forever, like repairing the sink, but you never expected this.
While the holidays are known for delivering happiness and joy to people across the world, it can often bring sadness, disappointment and nostalgia for many. Such is the holidays for those who have a family member living with Alzheimer's. According to the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s affects over 5 million Americans and someone develops this degenerative disease every 60 seconds.
We all have those days… Where it feels like a Monday, a million things are being thrown at you, and your stress ball might actually disintegrate in your hand from pressure. Try experiencing all of that and being responsible for another adult who depends solely on you for care. That’s the daily life of a family caregiver.
According to statistics, the stereotypical family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who is married and employed. She cares for her widowed mother who does not live with her; she does however have children or grandchildren under 18 living with her.