Once you experience burn out, caregiving is no longer a healthy option for you or your patient.
Community Services Are There To Help
As for you personally:
“You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.” Bill Cosby
Support for caregivers of veterans: http://www.caregiver.va.gov/
I'm a Caregiver offers caregiver support from Medicare: http://www.medicare.gov/campaigns/caregiver/caregiver.html
Caregiver.com is "For, By and About Caregivers": http://www.caregiver.com/
New Jersey Aging and Disability Resource Connection: http://www.adrcnj.org/
Caregivers of New Jersey: http://www.njcaregivers.org/
Alzheimer's Association Support Groups: http://www.alz.org/nj/in_my_community_13794.asp
The objective of most insurance programs is to shorten hospital stays to lower costs, so patients are discharged earlier and require care at home. You’ve got to be prepared for, and arrange, some form(s) of home care.
Also, life expectancy is increasing, so more of us can expect to be parent or grandparent caregivers sooner or later.
Institutions, like most nursing homes, are fully equipped to handle every caregiver chore, but they’re expensive. They also lack the familiarity and comfort of home.
The Good News…
You’re not alone because there’s an abundance of help available, even if you’re on a limited budget or your patient’s insurance won’t cover the costs of help you need.
Take advantage of outside help to lighten your load.
Learn about organizations and facilities in your area that will make your job easier, more satisfying, and less self-sacrificing…and that will give you much-needed time off.
AtlantiCare Healthcare at Home offers caregivers solutions to relieve their every need.
Don’t keep your feelings bottled up. Talk with family and friends, though they’re almost sure to get tired of listening. If so, don’t hesitate to contact a professional therapist, counselor, or a qualified faith-based advisor.
When a family-member's condition is such that they require significant in-home care, the demands on the primary caregivers can be overwhelming.
Being a home caregiver with, or without, help is a 24/7 job and the caregiver easily gets burnout because the job requires:
Several home caregiver tasks require special professional skills, training, and experience that you, as a family member, aren’t likely to have.
Though being a home caregiver may sound like a job that includes a lot of self-sacrifice (which it does), it’s not difficult and has its rewards when done properly with professional help and relief.
Recognizing the need for skilled professional home healthcare, and for having a coordinator between the hospital staff and home caregivers, AtlantiCare Healthcare at Home offers discharged patients every kind of help so they heal better and faster.