Posts Tagged ‘caregiver burnout’

Holiday Help is Here!

As we enter November, it’s hard not to look ahead to the holidays that are just around the corner. If you are caring for an aging loved one with a chronic disease, you may be feeling more fear than cheer. The holidays can be stressful without the added emotional and time commitments that come with caring for a loved one. As difficult as it may be, setting aside quiet time with your loved one and carrying on family traditions can help everyone feel less stressed and more in touch with what is most important during this hectic time of year.

Don’t forget to ask for help! Our compassionate, dependable caregivers are here to help you and your loved one. We can give you the time and assistance you need and the peace of mind that your loved one is in good hands.

Give Home Care Plus a call today! 843-628-3642.

Family Caregiving: Finding Balance

One thing is for certain if you’re a family caregiver–you are not alone. According to the AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Alliance for Caregiving’s 2015 report Caregiving in the U.S., over 34 million U.S. adults have provided unpaid care to an adult aged 50+ in the last year. Many of these caregivers are helping loved ones with chronic physical conditions or memory loss, and few have any professional training or experience providing this kind of care. The report also highlights the tremendous time these caregivers devote to their loved ones–on average caregivers are spending 23 hours per week on caregiving tasks–but many spend nearly twice that. Many of these caregivers are also still employed full or part time, and their caregiving responsibilities require them to take time off of work.

The physical and emotional stress of caregiving often takes its toll on the health of the caregiver. Caregivers often neglect their own doctors appointments and preventive care when they are responsible for caring for a loved one. In addition, healthy eating and exercise can also take a backseat to their loved one’s care. The good news is that we can help! Our trusted team of professional, compassionate caregivers can help share the caregiving load. If you work full or part time or just need some time to care for yourself, our dependable caregivers can give you peace of mind that your loved one is being well taken care of. We would love to help you and your family–give us a call today at 843-628-3642!

Getting Siblings to Share in Caregiving Responsibilities

Grandma gets a birthday cake from loving family.

All families have their share of drama, and unfortunately splitting the cost and care of tending to mom or dad isn’t exempt from it. If you live closest to your parents, you may become the “default” caregiver, whether or not you are up for the task. It can be tricky to get siblings to chip in with caregiving responsibilities, especially if they are out of state. Here are some ideas for splitting the load among siblings:

  1. Put an out-of-state sibling in charge of the health insurance and medical bills. There will no doubt be a lot of research and phone calls to make to figure out what is covered and how to navigate an increasingly complex healthcare system.
  2. Schedule your personal time and/or vacations with your siblings in advance to make sure mom and dad have someone with them when you take some much needed personal time. If your sibling doesn’t feel comfortable caring for mom or dad, have them help cover the costs of hiring an in-home caregiver in lieu of their hands-on time.
  3. If you have a sibling that lives in town but is working full-time, develop a schedule for them to drop by groceries once a week and have dinner with mom or dad at least one other time during the week. Weekends are an especially important time to manage care fairly, so consider an every-other-weekend or I-take-Saturday-you-take-Sunday type of arrangement with your siblings.
  4. It’s important for all of the siblings to take a turn caring for mom or dad themselves, if for no other reason than to give everyone a greater appreciation of the work that is being done on a daily basis by the sibling providing most of the care. It can be an eye-opening experience and can improve the support your siblings offer you, not just financially but emotionally and physically as well.

Recognizing that everyone will have to be flexible and most likely have to deal with some type of inconvenience from time to time is key to managing care for mom and dad. Call a family meeting early on, before expectations regarding who is responsible for what are set, to help limit bitterness or resentment down the road.

 

 

Family Caregiving and The Holidays: Stress Less

Nonna e nipote

The holidays can be merry, but they can also make the merriest among us feel like a grinch. All joking aside, being a family caregiver takes on a whole new level of stress during this busy time of year. The holidays can also make the emotional side of caregiving even more tumultuous as you and your love ones recall happy, healthier times together.

If you consider your everyday caregiving responsibilities and then add decorating, baking, hosting and attending parties, shopping and more to the equation it is impossible not to burnout. And then there is the unsolicited opinion of your caregiving from siblings and other family members to deal with. So how can you make the holidays a celebration of family and friends again? Ask for help!

Let a trusted in-home care company like Home Care Plus help out this holiday season. Whether it’s for a few hours or a few days a week, our skilled, compassionate, dependable caregiving team give you peace of mind that your loved one is being well cared for while you are away. Give us a call at (843) 628-3642 today!

Suffering From Caregiver Burnout? We Can Help!

Woman Comforting Senior Man With Depression

Woman Comforting Senior Man With Depression

Caregiver burnout can manifest itself in different ways, but most of the signs can mimic those of depression. If you are losing interest in your once-loved hobbies, bailing on evenings out with friends on a regular basis, or experiencing any of these complaints on a regular basis, it might be time to seek help. Talk to friends, loved ones or your doctor about your feelings, and seek out help. Whether it be asking more help from siblings in the care of your elderly parents or hiring an in-home caregiver for a certain number of hours a week, addressing your own needs will ultimately help you better care for your loved one.

Is It Time to Hire In Home Care?

nurse or helper in residential home giving food to senior man

Are you a family caregiver struggling to meet the demands of a full or part time career while taking care of your elderly parent? Have the constant demands of family caregiving started to take a toll on your own physical and emotional health and wellness? Do you wish to retain your independence while you age by staying in your own home as long as possible? If you answered yes to any of these questions, an in home caregiver from a trusted company like Home Care Plus can help.

Letting a “stranger” into your home and trusting them to provide your loved one with the same love, care and compassion you do requires a huge mental leap of faith. Home Care Plus is licensed and insured and the owners are personally involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. Our caregivers are experienced, compassionate and dependable, and we work with each client to ensure a good personality match between caregiver and client. In other words, you can feel confident and assured when you choose us for your caregiving needs.

Our trained caregiving staff can help with any of the following:

Personal Care

  • Bathing & hygiene assistance
  • Assistance with walking and exercise
  • Medication reminders
  • Safety supervision
  • Meal planning and preparation

Homemaking

  • Light housekeeping
  • Laundry and linens
  • Dusting and ironing
  • Making beds

Companionship

  • Conversation
  • Reading
  • Playing games/cards

Transportation

  • Shopping and errands
  • Transportation to appointments or social events
  • Picking up prescriptions

Additional Services

  • Pet Care
  • Family Respite Care
  • Independent and Assisted Living in home care

Experienced caregiving help is just a phone call away! Call us today at 843-628-3642.

 

January Newsletter: New Year, Same You–Only Better!

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Our January newsletter has tips for helping your resolutions stick this year, advice for making small, healthy diet and lifestyle changes, warning signs of caregiver burnout, how in-home senior care can help and much more! Click here to read our newsletter.

The Caregiving Burden

Family caregivers often have to make huge sacrifices to be able to take care of a spouse or relative in need. These sacrifices most commonly involve missed time at work, less time to spend with the rest of their family and friends, and fewer hours for themselves. Over time, these daily sacrifices can leave the caregiver feeling both physically and emotionally drained. Recognizing the caregiving “burden” for what it truly is can help a caregiver take the necessary steps to prevent burnout.

A 2009 study entitled “Caregiving in the U.S. A Focused Look at Those Caring for Someone Age 50 and Older” by the National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP actually sought to define and measure the “burden” placed on family caregivers by looking at the amount of time they spent providing care each week in combination with the type of daily activities they assist with. According to this study, nearly one-third of caregivers are in a high-burden situation, with caregivers 65 years and older being most likely to have a high burden. This same study found that over 50% of caregivers say that the emotional stress of caregiving is moderate to high. Those who are in a high burden care situation are the most likely to report a high level of emotional stress. Those caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease typically fall in the high burden/high emotional stress category as well.

The fact that many people feel forced into caregiving due to lack of options makes the burden feel that much greater. Take steps to ease the burden before it becomes more than you can bear. Connecting with support groups and other caregivers in your situation either in person or on the internet can be an outlet for your emotional stress. Just knowing other people are going through the same thing you are can buoy your spirit through a shared sense of camaraderie. Need other suggestions for maintaining your sanity? Ask family and friends for help, hire a professional caregiver from a trusted company like Home Care Plus to give you much needed breaks during the week, maintain an exercise routine, go on vacation—taking care of yourself is as important to being a good caregiver as anything else you do to help your loved one.