Caregiver burnout, protecting yourself as a caregiver, substance abuse awareness, caring for the dying. Pretty heavy topics, right?
These realities are part of being a family caregiver, and Part One of the Passport to Wellness for Family Caregivers Workshop series featured four presentations that discuss the ups and downs of caring for others in an engaging, informative – and often funny – way.Download Introductory Notes
Caregiver Burn Out: Caring and Not Collapsing
Caregiver burnout means:
- Stress, fatigue, social isolation & grief
- Anxiety and depression
- Increased risk of ill-health
Prevent burnout with coping methods such as:
- Proper sleep and rest
- Asking for help
- Focusing on what you are able to provide
- Daily “me time”
- Being thankful
How to Protect Yourself
A caregiver is a person who is providing informal and unpaid personal care support/help to another person living with challenges due to a disability, illness, an injury and/or aging. Often this overwhelming experience results in stress, anxiety and fatigue.
As a caregiver, you need to consider the following for those you care for:
- Needs – level of care required
- Preferences – wants, desires
- Support Network – help that family and friends can provide
- Eligibility for Services (CCAC)
- Availability – options in the community
- Finances – affordability
Joan explained how to manage these symptoms, as well as:
- tips for managing dementia
- protecting yourself from the physical impact of caregiving (transfers, assistive devices)
- how to apply for financial assistance and tax credits
Caring for the Dying
- “Put your oxygen on first” – Care for your self, so you can care for others
- “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst” – Problem-solving to know the who, what, and when
- “I don’t know what to say or do” – Guidelines for being with your loved one
- “What should I expect to see” – Physical symptoms of the dying
Substance Abuse Awareness
Approximately 10% of those age 60 or older abuse alcohol; It is estimated that alcohol-medication interactions may be a factor in about 25% of all emergency room visits.
- What is substance abuse?
- How do I recognize substance abuse in seniors?
- Why are seniors more at risk for interactions?
- How do alcohol-medication interactions occur?
- What are common interactions?
- How can a pharmacist help?
Our newest Caregiver Heroes!
Caregiving Matters recognized eight attendees at the workshop for their dedication to others. You’ll meet our new Caregiver Heroes in the coming weeks.
Do you know a Caregiver Hero? We’re always looking for new Heroes to thank! Nominate a Hero today!