Caution!! Caregiver Burnout Is Alarmingly Dangerous
According to a recent agingcare.com article, 30% of caregivers die before those they are caring for.
Most of these deaths are contributed to “caregiver burnout,” a type of extreme stress common to many caregivers even under normal “non-pandemic” conditions.
Caregivers often don’t good care of themselves or take time to go to their own doctor appointments.
Self-care is essential for caregivers, especially during this time.
Are You Experiencing Extreme Stress as a caregiver?
If you’re a caregiver and you are experiencing excessive exhaustion and feelings of hopelessness, you are not alone.
The National Alliance for Caregiving documented states being a family caregiver can be high stress. It can also, in some cases, bring on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), an anxiety disorder caused by trauma.
A report from AARP can be found here - Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 report
Because COVID-19 reduced or eliminated in-person interaction the symptoms of anxiety disorder and depression, as well as serious consideration of suicide have been much higher for unpaid family caregivers than the public in general.
A report can be found here - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report
Resources to Help Support Caregivers at this Time
● AARP offers various resources such as articles and tips about family caregiving. Learn more at www.aarp.org/caregiving.
● The Institute on Aging Friendship Line at 1-800-971-0016 is a 24-hour toll free accredited crisis line for people 60 and older.
● 211 is a resource hotline for referrals to human, health, and social service organizations. Call 211 from your phone.
● The Caregiver Action Network is also a great resource for helpful information. Check them out at caregiveraction.org/covid-19 or call their front desk at 855-227-3640.
Are You a Caregiver for a Loved One?
If you care for a loved one, it is wise to plan in advance. Nursing homes average $10,000-$12,000 per month, which can be financially catastrophic.
Asset Protection and Medicaid Planning is the process of protecting your assets from having to be spent for long term care costs while also helping ensure that you or your loved one get the best possible care and maintain the highest possible quality of life, whether at home, in an assisted living facility, or in a nursing home.
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