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Preventing Caregiver Burnout

The Care Of A Chronically Ill Or Disabled Relative Can Be Crippling To You-Physically, Mentally, Financially

The Challenge…

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. 

Be Prepared

  • Learn as much as you can about what’s expected of you as caregiver
  • Know your own physical and mental limitations.  Don’t take on more than you know you can handle time-wise and energy-wise
  • Enlist the help of friends and other family members
  • You can almost be sure that you’ll experience a mix of emotions at one time or another:
    • Anger
    • Fear
    • Depression
    • Resentment
    • Guilt
    • Grief
    • Helplessness
    • Frustration

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.

 

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