Helping the caregiver
Caregivers – often the children, spouses or family of the senior, offer their support voluntarily, despite their own circumstances. This support can be emotional, or meet the needs related to the health situation of the elderly person (chores at home, shopping, meals, transportation, cleaning, etc.). Although convenient for the senior, this situation can sometimes, over time, create a lot of pressure on the caregiver, both mentally and physically. Indeed, these caregivers must not only deal with the stress surrounding their role, but also that of living with the stigma of their loved one’s mental illness. How to proceed helping the caregiver?
Caregivers see the help they offer their loved one as part of their role. This represents a set of important responsibilities that require adjustments at the personal, family or work level. It is important to remember that each senior is unique and has different needs. It goes without saying that the informal caregiver lives his role in a different way. Therefore, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to eliminating fatigue and stress. In this third episode of our series on Alzheimer’s disease, we offer possible solutions that should relieve you in your role and that will meet the needs of the caregiver for help.
How to help?
It often happens that caregivers alone assume all the care and support that their elderly loved one requires because they feel obligated to do so. Exhaustion quickly takes over and it becomes imperative to seek help. But here it is, those who are often the first to offer their services to help others are very often the last to ask for them. It is a habit that must be learned to change. We will see in this video that there are several ways to help a caregiver.
We understand that asking for help can be a difficult hurdle to overcome, but overcoming it will allow you to make positive changes in your caregiver situation.
The chapters of the third episode
- Recognize our own need to receive help;
- Define our needs for help;
- Build your support network;
- Ask for help.