There are countless ways to find assistance and relief from day-to-day caregiving when people seek out much needed time to care for themselves.
This might mean hiring someone to do the lawn or making time to visit with a friend. But when it comes to much bigger caregiving responsibilities, such as traveling with a person who needs elderly home care, the logistics can be overwhelming and filled with guilt. This is especially true during high-travel times of the year, like summer or spring break.
“One of the problems with caregiving is the guilt that we feel,” said Kimarie Jones, who has a daughter with special needs and is the founder of Preferred Travel Helpers. “We feel guilty that we can’t do it all. We think we are the best caregivers and it’s hard for us to let go of control.”
This tendency to do it all flies in the face of expert advice that caregivers need to find support for themselves or they will succumb to depression, exhaustion, burnout, or get sick. Jones founded her business to help others like her live their lives fully as they continue to care for loved ones.
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For Debera Roller, protecting people living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is about continual redirection. When they become upset about something, she redirects them to a more positive thought.
“We just redirect those negative thoughts to something else, like: ‘Look outside, the sun is shining,’” Roller said. “Although, I never tell my clients they have to do anything, I only make gentle suggestions.”
“They can sit down and do something very complicated, like doing the checkbook, but they can’t remember they haven’t taken their medications or they haven’t tied their shoes,” she said. “It’s very frustrating. They’ll go into a room and forget why they went in there and they’ll yell for help. You know how you sometimes open the refrigerator and stand there? After a few seconds it clicks in and we remember what we were hungry for. Sometimes they don’t even remember that their hungry let alone what they like to eat.”
To help with this constant lapse of short-term memory, caregivers trained in specialized dementia care know to make liberal use of sticky notes. The More >
We want to say thank you to the social workers in each of our communities that provide help for our clients and their families. March is Social Worker Appreciation Month but Homewatch CareGivers is thankful for you every day of the year. Thank you to social workers for the work you do to coordinate and communicate with your patients. We know you don’t just look at one aspect of a person and what they may need. When you meet with someone, you’re able to see all the different pieces that need woven together. Your systemic approach ensures a person not only gets help with their medical or psychological needs, but also with their spiritual, social, emotional, and physical needs.
Thank you for listening. Social workers are uniquely trained to listen and we know that focused listening is difficult. Thank you for finding out what your clients really want and providing them counsel. Thank you for respecting each person’s freedom of choice and for helping them achieve a clear understanding of the ramifications of their choices. You know that two people with the exact same condition may want vastly different things
Thank you for understanding. You take time to understand the goals of each individual More >