November is National Family Caregivers Month


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Caregiver taking care of a senior and a child 

​Here in Canada, communities across the nation recognize November 11th as the day to remember the fallen heroes; the ones who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom and peace. However, not many know that the entire month of November is dedicated to recognizing another type of hero: family caregivers.  

Individuals caring for a senior parent, or a loved one, sacrifice a lot of their own time and even their wellbeing. They undoubtedly experience a wide range of emotions on their caregiving journey. A majority of caregivers experience the positive side of emotions, such as love and appreciation. However, there are multiple factors that influence the prevalence of negative feelings, such as the vast amount of time needed to dedicate to a loved one, if their loved one has any form of dementia or progressive illness, or the stress of anticipating the unknown. There are multiple issues that could result in “caregiver burnout”, like lack of sleep, lack of privacy, and the unknown.

Home Instead Senior Care conducted interviews with over 400 family caregivers across Canada, between the ages of 45 to 64, to better understand how the nation’s caregivers are coping with caring for their senior loved ones. The three most common negative emotions are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and frustrated. One third feel as though they need to hide or repress their feelings

Caregiver positive and negative emotions

Despite all these findings surrounding the notion of negativity, almost every single person questioned (96%) said that caregiving is extremely rewarding for them. So, the question is, how can family caregivers continue to do what they love while avoiding caregiver burnout?

Here are some tips from the Help for Alzheimer’s Family Website, from their article called “Tips to Avoid Caregiver Burnout”. To read the full article, please click here!

  1. Keep a Journal of Your Feelings
  2. Talk with a Friend
  3. Find a Support Group
  4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
  5. Take a Break
  6. Take Care of Yourself

Home Instead Senior Care provides family caregivers with the support they need. We are trying to minimize the feeling of needing to repress those negative emotions. Please visit either CaregiverStress.com or Caring.com to find FREE resources on how to deal with the stress that comes along with caring for a loved one. Follow and like us on Facebook to be notified of community involvement, public education programs and more! Home Instead in Hamilton is here for you, and could provide you with some stress-relief through the help of one of our professional CAREGivers. They could come and do some light cleaning, prepare supper for you, or even assist with your loved ones more personal needs.

To learn more about our organization and what our CAREGivers could do for you and your family, please call our office at 905.521.5500 or visit our website. We want you to know that to us, it’s personal.

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