The biggest challenge for a caregiver is dealing with caregiver burnout. This is not a strange phenomenon as being a caregiver is stressful, time consuming but otherwise a gratifying profession. However, as human as they are, a caregiver succumbs to this burn out and lets it take control of them, especially if they are in charge of the care of patients with Alzheimer’s and/or dementia. It often leads to unwanted behavior and worse, senior abuse. This is a major offense and is not often taken lightly by enforcing agencies. But there are ways on how even the most exhausted caregiver can still manage their stress without resulting into any form of abuse.
One of the toughest things to deal with as a caregiver in a nursing home is to give the proper care for the elderly suffering dementia. This cognitive disorder is something not to take lightly as it can make things complicated especially if one is not sensitive to the special needs of these elderly patients.
Aging is a big issue for a lot of people and it poses quite a bit of a heartbreak, especially if they can’t be as energetic as they used to. This is because the elderly, on average, are the most sedentary age group as they spend more time sitting around or lying down. This is not a good sign, especially if you are trying to keep them healthy.
“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.” This quote is taken from the popular Disney movie Lilo & Stitch where it highlights the importance of family. As a caregiver, you have seen families come and go at the home where you work at and most of the time these are painful to watch as these families either have decided or are forced to leave their loved ones there. But taking things in retrospect, this may be good for the elderly because growing old alone is not very healthy.