One of the toughest jobs in the world is caring for a senior at home. It requires a variety of skills unwavering compassion and an endless amount of patience. Being a successful caregiver in the healthcare industry often requires training, certification and sometimes even a license. For those providing senior care at home, there is no time for training. In fact about half of all caregivers feel they had no choice as to whether to become a caregiver.
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, the average caregiver provides care for a senior 22.4 hours a week without compensation. If caregivers were compensated for the care they provide they would bring home an extra $23,296 a year.
The average caregiver also has a full time job working an average of 34.7 hours a week. The added responsibilities of care giving means sacrificing time with family. According to womenshealth.gov, one of the factors leading to caregiver stress is the time spent away from family while providing care.
Warning Signs of Care Giver Stress
Caregiver stress is a serious issue and can cause a multitude of health problems including:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Short-term Memory Deficits
- Weakened Immune System
- Higher Risk for Chronic Disease
The heavy workload and increasing stress could lead to the caregiver getting sick themselves. Consequently setting off a dangerous healthcare crisis for the senior and the family. This is way it is vital that the primary caregiver get the support they need to alleviate this stress and lighten the workload. One way to do this is with a Senior Care Plan. The plans can help organize and coordinate care making it easier for
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