Stress and frustration can sometimes overwhelm those who are designated as the family caregiver of the ill or aged. There aren't enough programs or facilities available to really help as much as needed. Some treatment methods are so expensive that they're out of reach for most families.
Nevertheless, there are some ways for caregivers to get a break from the arduous duties of caring for a loved one. Still, others who have never cared for a person who may have severe mental and disabilities, have no idea of what the caregivers face in a given day. It's time to know the challenges family caregivers usually face.
1Becoming The Authoritative Person
Many caregivers are caring for a mother or father who was once has the authority in the relationship. With Alzheimer's and dementia, the roles change, and the caregiver becomes the "parent." Taking away driving privileges may become necessary and also being stern about daily habits, such as dressing, type of clothing, and bathroom issues.
2Dealing With Behavioral Issues
The mentally impaired person may have streaks of violence, sundowning symptoms (irritation and wandering at night), and sleeping and public behavior that's inappropriate. The patient may also have a longing to return to his home. He may blame the caregiver for not taking him there, or falsely accuse the caregiver of things he or she didn't do.
3Dealing With Depression
The injured or the elderly patient may feel isolated and in despair. This will cause withdrawal. It can also result in non-acceptance of dealing with his living space or adapting to new situations.
4Handling Unwarranted Fears
Alzheimers patients may experience hallucinations or skewed perceptions of how things really are. They may become afraid of severe weather. These include thunderstorms or blizzards.
The National Family Caregiver Support Program offers some of the best assistance to caregivers and their families by providing resources to find respite care so that the caregiver can get a break. This organization's point of view is clear: "A rested caregiver is generally a better caregiver." It's worth a call to this highly respected organization to see about getting some assistance.
Another resource for caregivers is "A Pocket Guide For The Alzheimer's Caregiver, " which clearly identifies problem most caregiver might face and how to deal with each of the issues. Look online for other assistance that may help the caregiver face difficult challenges.