Posts Tagged ‘emotional health’

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!

Do My Visits Make a Difference?

Caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is emotionally taxing. You may find yourself wondering if the effort you are making to visit and spend time with your loved one matters since they will likely forget you were even there. New research offers hope to families dealing with Alzheimer’s. The study, conducted at the University of Iowa, suggests that the feelings created during a visit can stay with the patient even after they’ve forgotten the visit. This is comforting news to those who are struggling with the emotional burden of Alzheimer’s caregiving–you are making a difference in your loved one’s lives!

Source: University of Iowa, news release, September 24, 2014 and Healthfinder.gov article “Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer’s Patients, Even as Memory Fades”