Care For Yourself While Caring For a Loved One
Per the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 15 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. In 2016, these caregivers provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of care valued at over $230 billion.
What is the #1 rule of caregiving? The caregiver needs to take care of herself to be any good for the person she’s caring for daily. The problem is that many caregivers don’t do this; instead they put their loved ones’ first and start to get worn out, stressed and often—sick.
How can Regent Healthcare help? Our caregivers having training in Alzheimer’s and other Dementia’s. They can come out to the home as little as 4 hours per shift to give a break to the primary caregiver. During their shift they can engage the client in the following ways:
- Sing songs or play music
- Arts and crafts
- Organize household items, particularly if the person used to take pleasure in organizational tasks.
- Clean around the house. Sweep, wipe the table, fold clothes or other tasks that help the person feel a sense of accomplishment.
- Read the newspaper or look at books that the client used to enjoy.
- Cook or bake simple recipes together.
- Work on puzzles
- Watch family videos or look at photographs
All of Regent Healthcare’s caregivers are certified through the Board of Nursing so they’re able to provide all necessary personal care during their shift. We also have caregivers certified to handle medications, if needed.
To learn more about the support services Regent offers, please give us a call at 410-872-0310 to set up a free care consultation.