Caregiving Stress and Burnout are Real

Caregiving tasks demand physical, emotional, social, and economic sacrifices.

Caregiving Stress and Burnout are Real

Caregiving tasks demand physical, emotional, social, and economic sacrifices.

Myth:
Caregiving is
Women’s Work

Calling caregiving women’s work is so twentieth century. The definitions of parent and family expand and change over time. Gender no longer dictates who is the breadwinner. Like parenting, caregiving duties are shared responsibilities regardless of your X and Y chromosomes.

Be Aware

No two care journeys are the same

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read between the lines

The Risk

Care episodes can last for days, month, or years.

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emotional pain hurts too

Smart Solutions

Create a care plan including the support of others.  Revisit and adjust your plan regularly.

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knowledge is power

Find Services

Caregiver support is out there.  Reach out for help before you need it.

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you’re not alone

Shop for Products

Check out the Activities of Daily Living and Home Safety combinations made by the experts

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find comfort

Self-care

Here are some tips on how you can brighten someone’s day.

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spread the love

53mm

unpaid family caregivers in US

40%

Alzheimer’s Disease caregivers that die before their loved one

40%

caregivers who report care as a heavy burden

1st Step

Get Organized

Caregiving commonly starts with an unexpected health event. The first step is putting the puzzle together.

2nd Step

Assessing Needs and Resources

How can help? How much where? What kind of help is needed? There are many questions to answer in building a successful care plan.

action changes things

3rd Step

Document the Care Plan

A care plan brings order and predictability to this journey.  Balancing needs and resources is essential

Notes from the Author

“It happened so fast. I could not let her fall. I used all my strength to keep her safe. Now I am suffering from severe back pain, and I cannot move.” We hear her story and many like it from care workers every day. According to the USA Department of Labor, nurses suffer more injuries than any other profession. Imagine nurses suffer back problems higher than construction workers and movers.

We call the act of lifting and moving a loved one from one place to another as transfers. Transferring is one of the most frequent movements needed to assist with all the Activities of Daily Living including dressing, bathing, toileting, eating, grooming, and moving from place to place for all other tasks. Nurses and caregivers need to always practice safe transfers. Sometimes this means slowing down, taking a deep breath to settle your thoughts and properly evaluate what is about to happen. No doubt this is easier said than done in the heat of the moment.

The Department of Labor has a checklist for transfer safety. We encourage you to practice all these every day in every way.

  • Don’t try anything you think might be unsafe.
  • If needed, get help from another person.
  • Keep your loved one close to your body while you are assisting.
  • Bend your knees—not your back—while moving him or her.
  • Do not twist at the waist.
  • Try to turn your whole body. Have your loved one put his or her arms around your body, NOT your neck.
  • Do not pull with your arms or your back.
  • Keep your feet at least as wide apart as your shoulders.
  • Position your feet with one forward, the other back.

We at REUNIONCare created this #CreditForCaring bundle using our expertise in safe patient transfers. Credit For Caring aims to recover some of your personal time and energy with our care management tools and resources. We believe that preserving human dignity and independence rank as the highest human aspiration despite any physical limitations that beset us. Our healthcare team believes in proactive planning for life’s what if’s.

Caregiver Home Safety Checklist

A trip home is a great time to perform an important safety check for successful aging in place. Your goal is to make a list and check it twice.

Check the doors, windows, and outdoor lighting. Before walking inside take a critical look at the exterior. Is there outdoor lighting? Do the exterior doors and windows securely close and lock?

Look for tripping hazards. Take a critical look at the flooring underneath your feet. Are there breaks in the floor? Look at the rugs and carpets in the home. Do they move? Other tripping hazards to remedy are extension cords, stacked materials and pet toys.

Bathrooms are perilous. Slow down while inside the bathroom. Take a critical look around. Check all the fixtures making sure they work properly. Physically shake them. Many senior adults use the ceramics and spigots as grab bars to steady themselves. The tub/shower represents one of the major fall hazards for senior adults. How about installing some grab bars? Check the flooring, water and loose rugs don’t mix.

Kitchen safety. The holidays are not representative of everyday life but there are plenty of clues for you to find. Rearrange the cabinets! Place the most frequently used dishes and cookware in easy to reach cabinets. Bending over to pick up heavy skillets or pots is a potential hazard. China, crystal, glass, and tchotchkes should be placed up high or boxed and stored for safekeeping. Don’t forget to check all the appliances to make sure everything is in safe working order.

Wait for dark and sneak into the bedroom. This task is vital for home safety. Role play what is feels like to get out of bed and lumber to the bathroom in the dark. Before standing up from bed, try to reach for a light. When first standing, is there a piece of furniture close by to reach out with one hand to get your balance? Now walk toward the bathroom, what tripping hazards do you encounter.

Make a list of all the potential hazards, label the list “holiday gift suggestions” and share it with widely. Mitigating home safety problems may not wrap up in pretty paper and a bow however these gifts have long lasting and profound impacts.

Home Safety is simply one of the six Environmental Assessments and nine Ability Tracker Assessments used on the REUNIONCare platform to monitor the health and well-being of your Senior. Build a Circle of Care around your loved ones using www.REUNIONCare.com, join us today!

Monica Stynchula – CEO / REUNIONCare, Inc.