“There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.” A quote by Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady of the United States as the wife of President Jimmy Carter. It takes a special person to be a caregiver to others. The struggle to balance family, life and work at the same time as
Family caregivers have concerns about managing multiple roles and responsibilities. These concerns include 1:1 care, emotional and social support, and care monitoring, coordination, and advocacy. Physical stress, worry, and emotional overwhelm are shared caregiver experiences. Information gaps exist in underestimating the type of information to manage disease progression and daily care needs. Other gaps include: identifying services, managing life changes, and navigating medical and legal responsibilities. Caregivers are uncertain where to turn to receive accurate,
Being a family caregiver is not an easy task. There are numerous physical, emotional, spiritual and financial challenges in caring for an older family member. Family caregivers will spend on average 4 to 5 years of their life caring for their loved one. It’s a long, hard, tough job caring for a family member. Many family caregivers report their health has gotten worse since they became a caregiver. Elderly caregivers have a 63% higher mortality
Spousal caregivers of persons with dementia experience greater cognitive decline than non-dementia caregivers. Studies exist citing the stress experienced by caregivers—many who are diagnosed with their own health related health concerns. Caregivers place their own health needs at a lower priority than the person for whom they care and fail to seek medical care. A care management assessment provides recommendations and options for the caregiver and care recipient that can save time, frustration, and expense.
It’s no secret – being a caregiver is hard work. It’ harder than anything you may do. Many of us know at least one person who has been, or currently is, a caregiver. It can sometimes feel draining and as if you’re alone and isolated so it’s important to maintain your own vitality. There are over 44 million Americans who provide unpaid care to an older adult or someone with disabilities. Did you know: •
Family caregiving in all its forms is challenging and often described as “burden.” The term burden is neither bad nor good—but rather a usual component of human relationships and the giving and receiving of care. In the context of dementia caregiving, the unique features of the disease add considerable difficulty. Memory loss is frequently mistaken for normal aging, minimized or hidden by those affected, or ascribed to stress or other life circumstances. Caregivers may have