Nearly 40 percent of American adults are caregivers. These people help a relative or another person who has a physical or mental health condition-without being paid. They may run errands, assist with day-to-day activities, or pay bills. Many juggle these tasks with work and other responsibilities.
On a daily basis, caregivers can face high levels of stress. This chronic stress can lead to health problems such as depression and heart disease. Although support is available, only 12 percent of caregivers use respite care. These services tend to loved ones while providing a much-needed break for caregivers.
Constant stress can lead to caregiver burnout. Warning signs include changes in appetite or sleeping habits, difficulty concentrating, and loss of interest in caring for yourself and your loved one. To help avoid caregiver burnout:
HCM Home Care’s At Home program provides companionship and personal care through certified nursing aides in a patient’s home or living facility. The goal of home care is to allow an individual to remain in their preferred environment as long as possible, regardless of age or disability. At Home provides bundled, supportive care services which are paid for mainly through private pay or long-term care insurance. Services are completely tailored to the needs of the patient and family caregivers. Whether you need respite for a few hours or on a regular basis, HCM Home Care’s At Home program can help. Learn more about HCM Home Care or call (800) 859-3169.
Caring for a terminally ill patient, even a loved one, can be exhausting.
In addition to providing treatment to manage pain and symptoms associated with a terminal illness, hospice care gives support — emotionally, spiritually, and socially — to the patient and the family. Hospice includes home health aides who can help a patient with his or her basic personal needs, such as getting out of bed, walking, bathing, and dressing. Hospice also provides homemaker assistance and volunteers that allow caregivers to get out, run errands, attend church, or go to appointments. Additionally, all Hospice patients are eligible for respite care. Respite care gives the family a much needed break by arranging for up to 5 day stay in a local contracted nursing facility. Respite may be accessed for a variety of reasons including caregiver rest or change in caregivers.
Learn more about HCM Hospice or call (800) 859-3169.
Strategies for Coping, Encouragement, and What to Expect
Parents enjoy an evening out while children spend a fun, thematic evening with Ms. Sharon. Parents Night Out are offered the 2nd Friday of the each month, for potty-trained children ages 3 – 10.
Learn more about Parent’s Night Out or call (830) 997-1355.