Care for a Senior Can Cause Stress for the Caregiver

Family caregivers need to worry about themselves as much as the person they are caring for. Caring for yourself is part of being a good caregiver for another. In a study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, “Quality of life: impact of chronic illness on the partner,” the authors stated: “… the most striking research finding is a tendency for the caregiver’s quality of life to be worse than that of the patient.”

What can you do?

Be on the alert for that Super Caregiver mentality that has you thinking you’re not an adequate caregiver unless you’re giving 100% of your attention and unless you’re sure never to have more fun than he or she is having.

Read more of the article and the 6 tips the author gives for caregivers.

You Don’t Have To Do It Alone!

As a primary caregiver, advocate or family member there is much to know about the needs of seniors. How is anyone supposed to understand all the complexities of “Aging in Place” options or how to navigate our complex health care system? Family members should not be expected to know all the medical, social, psychological, financial and legal aspects of geriatric care management, especially those who have also become the primary caregiver for those concerned.

Sometimes, you’re “thrown in” to caring for your elder due to an urgent situation; other times, it is a more gradual process: either way it can be challenging on its best day. Quickly or gradually, conditions can become more difficult and overwhelming. The constant managing of doctor’s appointments, transportation, health care advocacy, medical management, recurring falls, even groceries and laundry can become a full time job. Your own life and your family’s are put on hold while the demands of caring for a loved one persist on a daily basis and frequently with urgent situations. Primary caregivers need to assess their time constraints, family dynamics and energy levels, to be able to determine their ability to cope with all that’s needed. Continue reading