If you are a caregiver and your loved one is starting to have accidents with incontinence, the challenges can feel enormous. You may be fearing that you will not be able to handle the incontinence and that you may have to turn to care options other than yourself. You are not alone in this struggle, and we want you to know that there is hope. We have some practical tips for you that many caregivers follow to manage incontinence.
If you are the caregiver of an individual with dementia, you may be trying to keep your loved one in their home and community for as long as possible. But, as the caregiving demands increase, so does your need to bring in help. You may wonder if Medicare is a good starting place; does it pay for at-home professional dementia care?
Relationships between parents and their children aren’t always picture-perfect, and as people grow older they can change for the better or for the worse. Caregiving an aging parent isn’t an easy feat, but it can be much more stressful if the parent has dementia.
When apathetic behaviors set in, your loved one may have the cognitive ability to engage in self-care or other daily activities that they once participated in, but they simply do not do so without extra support.
When your loved one keeps calling you, it’s most likely because they need something – even if it’s just a chat to alleviate loneliness. If you’re finding their constant calls frustrating, there are things you can do to reassure your loved one and bring some routine into their life – and a little peace back into yours.
Fifty years ago, psychologist Herbert J. Freudenberger studied and summed up the symptoms of chronic fatigue in medical and caregiving professions with the term burnout. He described it as a “state of mental and physical exhaustion caused by one’s professional life.”