Although caregiving is a labor of love, it’s also a lot of hard work. It’s challenging to juggle the responsibilities of being a senior caregiver while fulfilling work obligations and family needs. The demands on your time are not only stressful; they can make it difficult to care for your own well-being. In fact, family members who provide senior care are more likely to suffer emotional burnout and physical illness. Fortunately, there are ways of easing the emotional toll of providing senior care.
Care for Your Physical Health
While it may seem counterintuitive, one of the first steps you should take to ease the emotional toll of being a senior caregiver is to care for your physical health. Senior caregivers often neglect their own nutritional needs and sleep requirements, and they may be more likely to self-medicate with alcohol. Treat yourself to nutritious, home-cooked meals, schedule in time for sufficient sleep, and resist the urge to indulge in alcohol when you’re stressed. Improving your physical health lends itself to better emotional wellness.
Nurture Your Emotional and Spiritual Health
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your senior caregiving duties, consider talking to a professional counselor. Connect with friends on a regular basis – if only for a cup of coffee on the way in to the office. Many senior caregivers find that joining a support group or talking to a spiritual leader is helpful.
Choose Respite Care
Even if your elderly loved one isn’t ready for a home care service yet, you could sign up for respite care. Respite care is a short-term solution for family members who need a few hours or a few days off from caregiving duties. Many people schedule respite care on a regular basis. Doing so will enable you to return to your loved one feeling refreshed and invigorated.
When you need respite care, the professional senior caregivers of Home Helpers are here to help! Call our home care service at (855) 241-4724 and ask us about our Flexi-Rest Program, which is a short-term, affordable respite care program designed specifically for the needs of home caregivers and their loved ones. Visit our website to learn how our senior caregivers work closely with family members to design an optimum care plan.
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One of the most difficult parts of home care for many families is convincing a senior loved one that he or she needs it. The resistance is easy to understand. Even though senior care programs are designed to protect independence, to seniors, they can seem like an intrusion. The trouble is that while you’re debating in-home care with your loved one, he or she may experience decline that could have been prevented if he or she started receiving care earlier.
To help with this transition, Home Helpers created the Friendly Visit program. This program provides a gradual introduction to in-home care to help ease your loved one’s concerns. Our in-home aides can start doing small tasks, like housekeeping or running errands periodically, to show your loved one how helpful they can be. As your loved one adapts to relying on our senior assistants, you can increase the level of care as needed.
Give Home Helpers a chance to demonstrate to your loved one how our senior assistants can help him or her stay independent by arranging a consultation. To find out more about Friendly Visit or our other services, visit our website or call (855) 241-4724.
The early warning signs of heart disease tend to be subtle, but recognizing them in yourself or a senior loved one can help prevent further heart damage and serious heart-related health problems. Would you know the signs if you saw them?
Watch this video to learn about the early symptoms of heart disease. One of the biggest early indicators is a change in exercise tolerance. If your usual workout suddenly becomes more difficult, and if you feel more fatigued afterwards, your heart could be to blame. Consider making an appointment with your doctor for a screening.
If you or a senior loved one has been diagnosed with heart disease, Home Helpers can assist with everything from medication reminders to healthy meal preparation. Find out more about our in-home care and other senior assistance services by calling (855) 241-4724.
Finding out that a senior loved one is facing Alzheimer’s disease is upsetting, but knowledge is power. Understanding what is ahead can help you make a plan for care now and in the future. Initially, you may be able provide sufficient care, but eventually, you will likely need to share the duties with an in-home care assistant. Although no two cases of Alzheimer’s are exactly the same, the following information provides an overview of the typical progression of the disease.
No Impairment to Mild Cognitive Decline
In the initial stages of Alzheimer’s disease, there may be few, if any, symptoms. While changes in the brain may be occurring, no signs of dementia may be present during a medical interview. With progression, the sufferer may begin to notice his or her own memory decline, but it may not be obvious to other people. Eventually, while the disease is still in its early stages of progression, friends may notice the start of memory problems, particularly when it comes to recalling names or finding everyday objects.
Moderate to Moderately Severe Decline
At the moderate stages of Alzheimer’s disease, the signs of the disease should be clear during a medical interview. Expect your senior loved one to exhibit impaired short-term memory and difficulties with task planning and completion. He or she may also become withdrawn and moody. As the disease progresses, your loved one may not be able to recall his or address and phone number, and he or she may struggle with basic arithmetic. He or she may need help choosing proper clothing and generally need more assistance during the day. In-home senior care can help.
Severe and Late-Stage Decline
When severe decline occurs, your senior loved one will need help with most of his or her activities, including eating and using the bathroom. His or her sleep will also become disturbed. Major personality changes are common during this stage.
Home Helpers can provide compassionate in-home care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease to help ease the caregiving burden on family members. We provide senior assistance ranging from respite care to full-time in-home care. Schedule a consultation by calling (855) 241-4724 to see what kind of care is right for your needs.