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How to prevent Caregiver Burnout

How to prevent Caregiver Burnout

We often work with families where adult children are caregivers of their aging parents. This is an extremely stressful time. In many cases it may require virtually 24 hour care. There is a huge role reversal and in many cases it is emotionally draining and overwhelming for the adult caregivers.

Keeping a balance and maintaining good mental health is extremely important during these difficult times. While we are not health care or medical professionals, we often work with adult children and caregivers and have developed keen insights and tips that you may find helpful.

This is part of a continuing series of articles and helpful tips and insights into senior care and senior transition services by Nick Santoro and Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers (www.personalpropertymanagers.com ) Personal Property Managers specializes in senior transition services such as downsizing, content clean-out and removal, estate sales, full service real estate and property sales as well as moving services.

Here are some helpful tips that will relieve stress and boost your health:

1. Take care of yourself by getting regular checkups and eating healthy.

2. Combine two things that are good for you: exercise and companionship. While someone else watches over Dad, go for a bike ride with a friend or play ball with your kids.

3. Get a good night’s sleep. If possible, share nighttime responsibilities with someone else so you can get yourself to bed at a decent hour.

4. Laughter helps relieve stress and release positive emotions.

5. Combine a stress reliever with care giving tasks such as listening to music or watching videos while cooking dinner for Mom, doing laundry or paying her bills.

Tips for preventing caregiver burnout:

1. Ask others to help. Don’t think you’re the only one capable of helping your loved one. Ask around for help. Find out if a friend, neighbor or relative will chip in on the chores.

2. Take time for yourself each day by indulging in a good book for a half hour or taking a short nap. Or do something special for yourself each week, like a movie or shopping with a friend, or taking a long walk.

3. Take advantage of the many formal or informal services you can find.

4. Set limits on how much time and effort you can physically and mentally devote to care giving.

5. Let it all out….share your feelings of sadness or grief with a good friend, family member, spiritual advisor, professional counselor or anyone you can trust.

Keep hassles and small details in perspective. If the carpet doesn’t get vacuumed today, dinner is served later than usual or the laundry waits until tomorrow, that’s OK. Need time for personal affairs, to get rest or to simply take a break?

Taking care of yourself is the best thing you can do for you and those you care for, so take it seriously.

For more information on helping seniors in transition or home downsizing please contact Nick Santoro or Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers at http://www.personalpropertymanagers.com or simply give us a call at 215-485-9272 or 908-368-1909. Personal Property Managers specializes in helping to transition elderly ones from their home of many years into senior care communities. Personal Property Managers services Pennsylvania and New Jersey and offers downsizing services, estate sales services, home staging, full service real estate services via its association with Every Home Realty to help sell homes with proceeds going towards paying for the long term care of elderly loved ones and moving services

Personal Care – for elderly loved ones

What is it? By Joe Santoro & Nick Santoro of Personal Property Managers.

Personal care is defined as a special combination of housing, support services, personal care and health care designed to meet the individual needs of your loved one. It emphasizes personal dignity, autonomy, independence and privacy in the least restrictive environment. Personal care allows those who can no longer remain in their own home—but aren’t in need of a nursing home—a lifestyle that promotes dignity, independence and self-esteem.

We help transition elderly loved ones from their home of many years into senior care communities via our one-stop downsizing, estate sale, full service real estate and move in services. We are often asked about various senior care options. In this blog posting we will share with you information on Personal Care for your elderly loved one.

As with all retirement decisions, it is important to research a personal care facility before you make your choice. The most important thing you can do is make a personal visit. If you are helping a loved one make this decision, it is important that you make this visit together. In addition, word of mouth recommendations, promotional literature and inspection reports can help you with your plans. After meeting with the director of admissions, you may find it helpful to talk to family members, friends of people who live in the facility and employees.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions:

  • Are residents required to sign an agreement or lease?
  • Is there an entrance fee?
  • Does insurance cover any part of my care in personal care?
  • What size are the accommodations?
  • Will my loved one have to share my apartment?
  • What kind of storage is provided?
  • What kind of security is provided?
  • Does the facility have the state mandated number of staff?
  • Does the facility provide the special services that your loved one may need?
  • Are there additional charges for these special services?
  • Are medical services provided?
  • Are pets allowed?
  • Is the quality of life good, with a homelike environment, good meals and interesting activities?
  • Is staff friendly, considerate and helpful?

By planning ahead and educating yourself and your family, your transition to personal care will be easier because it will be your choice!

For more information, please contact Joe Santoro or Nick Santoro and visit our website  at www.personalpropertymanagers.com  We service Pennsylvania and New Jersey. With Personal Property Managers, one call does it all.