Caring for your loved one is more than a full-time job. The job description of a caregiver is vast: driver, cook, nurse, entertainer, bookkeeper, scheduler, aide, etc. Being one person changing roles all day gets to be exhausting, and it’s so easy to burnout quickly! Often times caregivers don’t realize how much stress they put themselves under until they hit the wall! Whether you are caring for your loved one physically for a certain period of time, you are mentally caring for them 24/7. Thinking about how you can better care for them, what is best, or “what am I doing wrong?”. All of this adds pressure to your everyday life.
Evidence indicates that prolonged caregiving for a spouse or parent can negatively affect physical and mental health. Caregiving for an extended period of time doubles the risk of cardiovascular disease, drastically increasing the risk of developing high blood pressure, and depression.
You as the amateur caregiver, more often than not, have extensive job responsibilities outside of the home. As your loved one’s dependency increases, your ability to care becomes overwhelming. Your lifestyle drastically changes, which now becomes something you cannot control. Your lifestyle now becomes dependent on your loved one’s dependency of your provision of care. 20% of those who provide five or more years of care for a family member reported their health as fair or poor, with 14% of those who have been caregiving for less than a year.
Should you have an in-home caregiver step in as needed, it may raise the stress to another level – not to mention a radically high expense depending on the need of care. The thought of the unknown could possibly be the worst anxiety a family member can experience. What happens when that offer of help is no longer reliable? How long can your stress level, personal needs, other family/work needs, physical strength sustain your loved one at home?
Caregiving should not diminish your overall physical and mental health. It is important to maintain and grow a healthy, loving relationship with our loved ones. It is critical that your emotional, physical, and mental health focus return to the role of son/daughter or husband/wife versus being the primary caregiver.
The Legacy at Cimarron provides an independent lifestyle with assistance when you need it. In fact, the senior care personnel to resident ratio is 21% higher than the national average! This means there are more caregivers on-sight to ensure all residents are not only cared for with the highest quality, but also engaged on a personal level. Establishing relationships and having the emotional intelligence of knowing what to do or say when residents do not express a specific need or want. The highly qualified care staff is always there when you need them, while providing as much independence as needed. With opportunities to participate in daily activities, go on group adventures, and regain purpose, The Legacy care staff is with residents at all time so they get to live a life filled with opportunity.
The system used in an assisted living program ensures there is no caregiver burnout. It takes into the account the wellbeing of caregivers just as much as its residents to provide the highest quality of care. This is so the care team is able to performs their services at 100%!
Are you the driver, cook, nurse, entertainer, bookkeeper, scheduler, aide, etc. for your loved one? The Legacy at Cimarron has a professionally qualified associate for each of those positions to help provide all residents a Connected, Active, Purposeful, and safe life. A life filled with opportunity!