When it comes to the challenges that caregivers often face, it’s clear to see that they need support in dealing with day to day life challenges and issues. Caregivers play a vital role in the lives of those of whom they take care of, and thus with daily struggles, basic life needs needing to be met and other issues, caregiver burnout is a reality. It’s important that those who provide ongoing care for others are always valued and appreciated for their hard, selfless, and tremendously kind work. It’s also important that they receive the kind of support they need.
Statistics show that more than 65 million people provide care for a chronically ill, disabled, or aged family member, and that makes up 29% of the United States Population. Statistics also show that the majority of caregivers only take care of one adult and a minority of caregivers care for two or even three or more adults. Also, average caregiver provides a minimum of 20 hours of direct care a week. It’s clear to see that the care is needed. It’s also clear to see that caregivers need support, so they can be healthy, be able bodied, and so that they can avoid caregiver burnout and fatigue. There is a solution when it comes to supporting caregivers.
If you want to support a caregiver, it’s often important that you understand their patient’s illness. Do some research or dementia or Alzheimer’s, or whatever the disease may be. It’s also important to remember to provide simple skills, such as listening skills, giving the caregiver the space they need to destress, offering words of encouragement, positive affirmations about the job they are doing, and making sure that you try to emphasize but not relate with their situation. Often times a listening ear, and being empathetic can be more helpful than trying to relate or exchange horror stories from similar circumstances.
Meeting the physical needs of the caregiver can also be important and very helpful. It’s important to remember that things such as providing a meal for the caregiver, running an errand, or helping them with chores around the home, can make a real difference when it comes to their health and well-being. Gifts are also a nice way to let caregivers know that you are thinking of them.
The reality of being a caregiver is that it isn’t easy, but instead it can be complex, time consuming, and draining on an emotional, physical, and psychological level. Thus, by being a support to a caregiver, you can guarantee that they will feel renewed, revitalized, and ready to provide the best care possible. By remembering things such as emotional and psychological support, as well as different physical supports, caregivers will better be able to be more productive, and to feel better about whom they are and the job they are performing.