YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Family & Friends are not professionally train caregivers.
This is like really bad on the job training. What we are really doing is flying by the seat of our pants. Yes, the patient is suffering in ways we can’t image but if the caregiver also becomes sick you really have a problem. Please comment on this blog or email us your caregiver experiences. We are not medical professionals, we are an advocate group trying to guide caregivers to resources that may help. Info@AshleysVoice.com
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A CAREGIVER
Caregivers experience the same doubts, frustrations, fatigue and guilt.
It was the most honorable and fulfilling thing I’ve ever done. It also was the absolute hardest thing I’ve ever done.
It was wearing me down.. I can see that now, but I couldn’t then.. I was too focused on Brian. Sorting medical bills and insurance claims and managing medication(there was a LOT) and trying to get him to smile and feel better. I had tunnel vision.
The stress of administering Intravenous feeding at home is nerve wracking. You have your loved one’s life in your hands. Who made us doctors?
Many caregivers taking care of parents or grandparents are simply not suited for such physical stress. With the physical demands of physically lifting, turning and transferring loved ones, injury is common. In fact, it is estimated that musculoskeletal injuries that occur as a result of lifting or moving patients affects nearly 52 percent of caregivers.
“You can stress about things out of your control, or you can turn them over to God. When you release things because there is nothing you can do, you turn them over to someone who has a bigger plan and a bigger control than you.”—Amy Amundson
Caregiver syndrome or caregiver stress is a condition of exhaustion, anger, rage, or guilt that results from unrelieved caring for a chronically ill dependent. The term is often used by healthcare professionals, but it is not listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
SELF-CARE – TAKING CARE OF THE CAREGIVER