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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 ...

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