Taking care of an aging in place elderly parent by yourself can be time-consuming and stressful, especially when you have a career and household to manage. As a result, caregiver fatigue, or even burnout, are possible. If you’re currently in this situation, you may wondering: “How can I involve my siblings in our parent’s care?”. Fortunately, there are several effective ways to get them to participate, starting with these.
Serving as a family caregiver for an aging in place loved one is highly rewarding, but it can also be dangerous at times. Thousands of family caregivers are injured every year while assisting others. Those caregiver injuries oftentimes result in missed work days, costly medical bills, and neglected household responsibilities.
Serving as an in-home caregiver can be a very positive and rewarding experience. But it can also wear you down, especially when it seems like no matter how hard you try, their condition just keeps getting worse. If you’re not careful, fatigue, anxiety or even caregiver burnout, can occur, which will carry over into your personal and professional lives. Even the most dedicated caregivers sometimes need a break, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. How will you know when it’s time to consider respite care? Use these red flags to guide your decision.
Sibling rivalry can leave middle-aged brothers and sisters fighting over their parents’ care and who will be responsible for what. Although some disagreements are to be expected, when sibling rivalries begin to interfere with care the issue should be addressed right away.
The challenge of caregiving is only compounded by the difficulty of trying to help our loved ones from a distance. The result is usually tainted by long-distance caregiver guilt that can leave one feeling both emotional and overwhelmed. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be a permanent reality. Finding options to help lessen your burden while also making sure your parents’ needs are being met is possible, if you’re open minded and flexible.
Overcoming caregiver anxiety, burnout and the feelings of stress that come along with being the person responsible for in-home care can be a challenge. Constant worry can weigh on both the mind and the body, causing physical issues like headaches, panic attacks, fatigue and insomnia. Here are some proven ways to overcome caregiver anxiety when providing care for a loved one.
Most family caregivers also have jobs and households to manage. And that’s a lot to juggle when you’re providing care to a senior loved one. Here are some proven ways to stay refreshed while avoiding caregiver fatigue.
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As our parents grow older, we want them to enjoy as much freedom and independence as possible. But at some point we all face the stark reality that our aging parent simply can’t take care of themselves as they once did. If you ask them in a loving way about that fact, denial usually results. [...]