Caregiver Support Category
Caregiver Support – Caregivers feel overwhelmed and uncertain regarding decisions that must be made about the care of loved ones. Those new to caregiving may be embarrassed about their feelings, family denial or dysfunction. Support is critical whether the support be educational, personal or by way of available services. Caregivers think they have to do it all. Until caregivers learn that having to do it all isn’t practical or realistic they’re unable to consider other options for care of a loved one. There are times when we may not be the best caregiver.
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Caregivers and care receivers experience high levels of stress and anxiety that are physically and mentally disabling. Caregivers and care receivers may be isolated, pressured to make decisions in crises, and don’t know where to turn for emotional support or practical information. On-line support groups, on-line programs, and live on-line support offer caregivers and care receivers the opportunity to listen, learn to advocate, and share with others in similar situations. Convenience and access are important. Feelings of overwhelm and anxiety are daily experiences for caregivers and care receivers.
In wedding vows we promise to love, honor, cherish and care until death do us part. When this involves caring for an incapacitated husband or wife what exactly does this mean? Does it mean no longer seeing friends, attending social activities, attending to our own health or living life as we once knew it? How far should we go in giving up our lives to care for another?
Respite is defined as a period of rest or relief. How many of us in our daily lives take time out for a period of rest — whether it is to read the newspaper, sit outside and enjoy the evening or soak in a hot bath. How many of us don’t realize the number of people who don’t have the opportunity for these small moments of rest and peace or an entire weekend off? These people are the caregivers of life.
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A significant portion of individuals receiving caregiving support continue to live at home with the support of informal caregivers, defined as family members and friends. These informal caregivers provide significant amounts of physical and hands on care at the expense of their own time in careers, raising families, health, and well-being.
Whatever happened to appropriate bedside manner? To the sensitivity of frustrating care situations? To the dignity that our elders should receive but do not? To common sense that might be expected of caregivers in the care industries? To politeness? To follow through and attention to identified concerns?
Read on to learn 10 tips to be proactive in an imperfect system of care.