Getting External Help from Others
No man is an island, they say. At some point of time or the other, being absolutely independent, especially as a caregiver, has its downsides.
Commonly referred to as “caregiver burnout”, it is the consequence of sacrificing a large part of one’s life in order to take care of a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease among other types of disabilities.
Studies have revealed that apart from experiencing economic hardship, taking care of loved ones results in emotional stress as well as deterioration in health as well. With a lack of a social life, thanks to that never-ending task list of chores to do, this affects them in a negative manner prompting thoughts of despair and death, given the circumstances.
It must be mentioned that caregivers not only have to take care of the patient’s routine which involves eating, bathing, hygiene and grooming but they also have to handle the bills, grocery shopping, giving the patient their medication but also their needs too.
Over a period of time, this become difficult for the caregiver to keep up with, as the health and mental condition of the patient begins to rub off on the caregiver, and they begin to mirror the symptoms that patients usually suffer from.
This is why it is so important to get external help, by which you can not only safeguard your health but your sanity as well.
So here are some ways by which you can make use of external help to not only ease the emotional stress but also help make the patient’s life easier too:
#1: Since most caregivers have expressed frustration over the lack of assistance when it comes to knowing what their loved is suffering with, the internet is one of the best places to find information at recognized websites built specifically for caregivers. For example, The National Family Caregivers Association website not only provides assistance in the form of information about the condition but it also provides caregiving information in the form of how-to articles and tips.
#2: Since caregiving requires one to be ‘on call’ at all times, there are services such as ‘respite care’ that can take care of the patient with all necessary precautions for a period of time so that you, the caregiver, can take some time off. You just have to know where to find these services.
#3: The government has also sought to do its bit by offering a federally-funded program known as the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP), which not only provides information about available services but also helps caregivers to access support services, offer individual counseling and the organization of support groups but also carries out caregiver training. If anyone is taking care of the elderly, contact can be made with their local Area Agency on Aging for further assistance.