Caregiving is one of the most stressful and rewarding jobs a person can take on. Caregivers, such as nurses and other medical professionals, take on fulfilling, but immense responsibility when caring for the elderly. They risk jeopardizing their own health and wellness if they do not take time for personal care.
Here at Alden Point, we understand the importance of a caregiver’s health, particularly caregivers of Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. That’s why we’ve listed a few potential mental, emotional, and physical impacts caregivers should be aware of.
Caregivers’ Mental & Emotional Health
Caregiving for the elderly is a psychologically draining position, even more so with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Negative effects can include: elevated stress, anxiety, and depression. Stress is the problem most caregivers struggle with on a daily basis. Some caregivers say it stems from lack of progress with the patients; others say it stems from the strain of watching their patients suffer over little tasks.
Caregivers’ Physical Health
A recent study states that about 11% of caregivers have reported that their physical health has deteriorated in one way or another during their time as a caregiver. There are many reasons why caregivers are expressing these concerns. For example, when providing transportation to patients in and out of the bed, the bath, and other various rooms, caregivers often find themselves physically strained and exhausted. Caregivers who see after patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia can be at a particularly higher risk. This is due to the fact that sometimes, patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia can get agitated easily and lash out physically.
If caring for an aging loved one has taken a toll on your family or any other caregiver, consider Alden Point. We understand the toll caregiving can take on a person; that’s why we’re here to help. Our expertise and vision are at the forefront of our industry, and we are fiercely devoted to redefining and revolutionizing assisted living. Contact us today to schedule a tour.