Caregiver Burnout

Respite Care - What It Is and Why Family Caregivers Need It

Respite Care - What It Is and Why Family Caregivers Need It

Caring for a senior loved one is a rewarding, yet challenging task.

Aging seniors need a varying degree of care from companionship to assistance with all activities of daily living such as getting out of bed, getting dressed, using the washroom, and cooking meals.

If you have your own full-time job and other family responsibilities, adding in the role of caregiver for your senior loved one can cause you to burn out. Not because it’s a burden on you, simply because you only have so much energy to expend in any given day.

Caring for Your Spouse

Caring for Your Spouse

Many caregiving resources, from books to podcasts and everything in between, are targeted toward adult children. Some of us might assume that all senior care is orchestrated by children, or at the very least by younger relatives, and this assumption isn't unfounded: almost half of all caregivers in the US are between 18 and 49 years of age. But according to an analysis conducted in 2015, 34% of caregivers are over 65 years old. This is not an insignificant portion of the caregiving population, and these caregivers, many of whom are the spouses of the persons receiving care, require different support than adult children caregivers do. 

This post offers advice for spouses who have found themselves, along with their partners, at the stage in life during which “in sickness and in health” has transitioned from being a promise to being their daily reality.

How to Care for a Difficult Elderly Parent

How to Care for a Difficult Elderly Parent

Nearly every culture expects filial responsibility. It’s such an ordinary expectation that it seems like common sense: parents raise their children, and when they’re elderly or infirm, their children take care of them, returning their love and support. 

But what happens to expectations of filial responsibility when children feel that they never received love and support from their parents, or that parental love and support had unfair conditions attached? What happens to those expectations when your relationship with your aging parent is difficult, uncomfortable, or painful? 

These are hard questions for children who have negative relationships with their parents. There are no easy answers, but as with all aspects of senior care, there are many possible options. 

Finding Joy in Caregiving

Finding Joy in Caregiving

Finding joy while caregiving does not have to be an elusive emotion only experienced after ignoring how you really feel. You are going to be stressed in this role, especially in the beginning, but there is a positive outlook to keep in mind. 

9 Ways to Fight Caregiver Burnout by Getting Organized Today

9 Ways to Fight Caregiver Burnout by Getting Organized Today

As you loved one ages, certain things will change. They will probably need increased levels of care, assistance with mobility and potentially more medical support. It’s important to be honest with yourself about this and plan for increased time and costs. 

How to Talk to Your Employer When You Are a Family Caregiver

How to Talk to Your Employer When You Are a Family Caregiver

It’s very difficult, if not downright impossible, to fully manage the day in and day out demands of providing care at home and providing support at work – no matter what job you have. At some point, you may need to speak with your employer and ask for their understanding in finding creative ways to help you manage your dual work load. We recommend the following four steps to help guide you in asking for assistance.

5 Signs of Caregiver Burnout and How to Fix It

5 Signs of Caregiver Burnout and How to Fix It

The responsibility of caregiving can become overwhelming, and too often caregivers put their own wellbeing on a back burner. As a caregiver, when do you know that your own health is becoming seriously compromised? Read on for five signs of caregiver burnout and how to fix it.