According to the National Center on Caregiving, over 34 million Americans have provided unpaid care to a loved one age 50 or older in the last 12 months. These family caregivers generally assist their loved one with activities of daily living, like dressing, eating and bathing, and many also go above and beyond by performing various healthcare tasks, such as administering medications or injections. On average, a caregiver will spend upwards of 24 hours each week providing the care their aging loved one needs.
While caring for a loved one can be a rewarding and positive experience, caregiving can also present significant challenges to a family caregiver. There may come a time when caregivers need to recognize their own health needs and make decisions regarding the future of their loved one’s care.
Each caregiving situation is unique and complex, however, there are certain duties and challenges all family caregivers will face at one point or another. Some of these challenges include:
When caregivers begin putting so much effort into their caregiving duties that they begin to neglect their own well-being, their physical, mental and emotional health can suffer. The signs of caregiver stress and burnout should not be ignored, as they will not only harm the health of the caregiver, but make the care they provide less effective, too.
Seeking a caregiver support group can offer the resources, education and empathy a caregiver needs. Or, respite care services can provide a break in caregiving duties, allowing the caregiver time to run errands, visit friends, or even take a much-needed vacation.
Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, join Concordia for our Caregivers Support Meeting hosted by our caregiving expert, Mel Roberts. This event is open to the public, and offers caregiver resources and support to those who need it most. Please call (405) 720-7200 to RSVP or fill out our form today.