Lake Prince Woods is Thankful for Caregivers

November 26, 2019

Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and blessings of the past year. It is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends and to remind ourselves of the many advantages we have and to appreciate the loved ones in our lives. This November, Lake Prince would like to acknowledge and give thanks to all of the family caregivers who are supporting their loved ones at home.

Caregiver Statistics

A caregiver is anyone who provides any kind of emotional or physical care for a loved one at home. Almost 44 million Americans provide 37 billion hours of unpaid, informal care each year to family and friends with chronic illnesses or conditions that prevent them from caring for themselves. Approximately 66% of family caregivers are women and more than 37% have children or grandchildren under 18-years-old living with them. Family caregivers are the main providers of long-term care nationwide, exceeding Medicaid long-term spending in all states. In a study conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and Evercare, 47% of working caregivers indicated that increased caregiving expenses have caused them to use all or most of their savings.

Caregiver Tips

Here are 10 tips from the Caregiver Action Network to help prevent caregiver burnout:

  1. Seek support from other caregivers. Online and in-person groups can be very helpful in connecting with others in similar circumstances.
  2. Take care of your own health.
  3. Accept offers of help. Suggest specific things people can do to help you!
  4. Learn how to communicate effectively with doctors. Learning about a family member’s diagnosis can help you understand the disease properly and plan ahead realistically.
  5. Take respite breaks often.
  6. Watch out for signs of depression and don’t hesitate to seek out professional help.
  7. Be open to new technologies that can help you care for your loved one.
  8. Organize your loved ones medical information.
  9. Ensure your loved ones legal documents are in order. Having these together can help relieve anxiety and prepare for the future.
  10. Give yourself credit for doing the best you can at one of the hardest jobs there is!