June is Seniors' Month
June is Seniors' Month, an opportunity to honour the seniors who have contributed so much. We are featuring 4 topical trends of senior care this month.
3rd week (this week): Family vs Professional Caregiving Roles
4th week: The emergence of family-focused care
Due to the aging population, the roles of the caregiving has become one of the most hotly debated topics when it comes to healthcare and specifically eldercare. The responsibility of being a caregiver, whether you are paid or unpaid, is pretty much the same as caring for the infants and children. They both need special attention and proper care. It could be argued that the elderly are more vulnerable due to added factors such as financial abuse and the effects of changing medication.
The top roles of the unpaid caregiver which tends to be family members and friends have evolved into being:
- Providing emotional support
- Managing finances
- Coordinating care between family members
- Deal with unhelpful or uninvolved family members
- Cope with rapidly progressing medical matters such as depression, loneliness, and forgetfulness
- Supervising all healthcare providers and insurance companies
80% of caregiver feel extreme stress and 50% have a form of depression
Paid caregivers, which could be companions, professional caregivers, and nurses carry an extreme burden of roles and responsibilities no less than the family members. Some of their roles include:
- Specialized care such as dementia care, vision impairment and Parkinson's
- Maintaining a clean and safe environment for the elderly patient
- Supporting the elderly, emotionally, socially, intellectually and spiritually
- Personal hygiene, such as bathing, grooming, and toileting
- Bedside care both in the mornings and night time
There are many signs when caregiving by a family member is no longer suitable. Typically unpaid caregivers are usually the spouse of the elderly or the adult children, normally the daughter(s).
The top 4 indicators you need professional caregiving are:
- Ignoring the caregivers own health problems
- Losing sleep
- Holding in feelings of anger and frustration
- Lack of time to care for yourself
Taking on the role of being an unpaid caregiver is an extremely difficult task for the reason that caring for the aged takes a lot of patience, understanding, and time. There is an enormous amount of compromise when taking on the role of a family caregiver. Above were mentioned just a few of the many roles and responsibilities of a caregiving towards for the elderly. Employing a caregiver is one of the alternatives in caring for our elderly loved ones.
Stay tuned for our next post The Emergence of Family Focused Care as a part of our Seniors' Month Series. Subscribe to our mailing list!
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