Did you become a caregiver overnight or was it a slow process and you saw it coming and you’ve been preparing? Either way, below are 5 hard facts about being a caregiver that might make you think more about YOU!
- 70% of caregivers are at a higher risk for depression, illness and accidents than the general population.
- Caregivers are mostly women.
- Caregivers are labeled as our nations “hidden patients” spending a minimum of 25 hours a week dealing with a debilitated loved ones emotional, physical, financial and spiritual needs. This is so overwhelming that many neglect their own needs.
- Caregivers must put their well being FIRST so things don’t fall apart in a domino effect so that they don’t become incapacitated and a burden to others too.
- Many caregivers die before their patients.
If the well is empty and the caregiver has nothing left to give, everyone suffers.
TIP: If you have an in-home care company coming to your home always make sure they are not sick or feeling under the weather – regardless of how small. Elderly people are more susceptible to colds/flu which can turn into pneumonia fast. If someone arrives at your home and they look sick don’t take a chance. Stop them and ask them if they are feeling okay and if the answer is, “Oh, I just have a little cold” or “It’s just allergies”, my advice would be to ask them to leave and have the agency send someone else out. It’s not worth the risk.