Geriatric Care: Avoiding Burnout

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Experts in the field of geriatric care estimate there are 44+ million family caregivers in the United States; approximately 23 million households. Family caregivers provide long-term care in the home of those with chronic illness or disabilities. Assuming the role of a family caregiver can involve love, compassion, obligation, guilt, pride and even financial circumstances.

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Geriatric Care: Avoiding Burnout

  1. 1. Geriatric Care Avoiding Burnout
  2. 2. Caregiver Statistics <ul><li>44+ million caregivers in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>23 million households </li></ul><ul><li>Provide long-term care in the home of those with chronic illness or disabilities </li></ul>
  3. 3. What’s involved in being a caregiver? <ul><li>Love </li></ul><ul><li>Compassion </li></ul><ul><li>Obligation </li></ul><ul><li>Guilt </li></ul><ul><li>Pride </li></ul><ul><li>Financial circumstances </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes, caregivers substitute the family tie for a patient-healthcare provider relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Geriatric care managers can provide support and guidance </li></ul>
  4. 4. Life’s Challenges <ul><li>Balancing act: work, children, family, special long-term care needs of a loved one </li></ul><ul><li>Leaves little time to research and find resources </li></ul><ul><li>Caregivers may find it difficult to reach out </li></ul><ul><li>Asking for help doesn’t mean you have failed </li></ul>
  5. 5. Journaling <ul><li>Gain perspective on the situation and yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Author B. Lynn Goodwin says journals let you: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expound </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rationalize </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Elaborate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Imagine best and worst outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explore questions, analyze possible solutions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What you learn through journaling may be useful when consulting a geriatric care manager </li></ul>
  6. 6. Caring for the Caregiver <ul><li>Most family caregivers are not trained professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Tasks like assistance with activities of daily living often become on-the-job training </li></ul><ul><li>New challenges each day </li></ul><ul><li>Especially challenging for the sandwich generation – toll on mind, body and spirit </li></ul>
  7. 7. Respite Programs <ul><li>Respite care is temporary time away from caregiving </li></ul><ul><li>Caregiver can rest, relax, tend to business </li></ul>
  8. 8. Respite Programs at Assisted Living Facilities <ul><li>Many assisted living communities offer respite stay programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Apartments and services for a defined time period; 5-10 days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May participate in normal facility activities if able </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geriatric care manager can help negotiate details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initial resident assessment to determine if the facility can meet resident’s needs </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Respite Programs at Nursing Homes <ul><li>Recommended if needs cannot be met by an assisted living facility </li></ul><ul><li>For those with more medically complex needs </li></ul>
  10. 10. Respite Programs in the Home <ul><li>Offered by some home care, home health care and community social service organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Geriatric care managers can help locate services and provide support during selection process </li></ul><ul><li>Pay special attention to caregiver qualifications and training </li></ul><ul><li>How services are monitored </li></ul>
  11. 11. Day Services <ul><li>Adult day care or community centers </li></ul><ul><li>Good option for family caregivers who work outside the home </li></ul><ul><li>Services may include health, therapeutic and social activity programs </li></ul><ul><li>Some services specifically for those with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia </li></ul>
  12. 12. Support and Information <ul><li>National Adult Day Services Association </li></ul><ul><li>National Alliance for Caregiving </li></ul>
  13. 13. All Senior Homes <ul><li>All Senior Homes is a resource for seniors and families searching for housing and care services </li></ul><ul><li>Visit http://www.allseniorhomes.com for more information on senior care and senior housing </li></ul><ul><li>Information in this presentation provided by senior care expert Peg Whitman, for AllSeniorHomes.com </li></ul>

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