Today’s guest post is from Leandro Mueller, the Online Content Director of FreeMedSuppQuotes. This is a different twist on caring for the caregiver!
Here’s a thought: a caregiver is a hero who, unfortunately, does not receive the attention and accolades of everything he or she has done – and will do – for recipients. These super beings, who risk and sacrifice their personal time and health, often fall into pits of despair and financial turmoil just to care for a loved one.
What can we do to make them feel appreciated for all their efforts?
That’s just what we aim to achieve with this post. We hope that the suggestions we’re listing today will serve as a trigger for caregivers and their recipients to open up communication channels. By identifying different ways to express our joy and appreciation, we can then help caregivers cope up with the stress they’re dealing with in their lives. After all, caregiver stress is real – and the best people to help caregivers are the closest people they have, the ones they are looking after.
It Isn’t Because They Don’t Want to Talk About It…
…it’s because, more often than not, most caregivers don’t even know that they are already stressed. And to make matters even worse, are the feelings of guilt and resentment concerning their current circumstances and expectations that both family and society dictates as so. Think about it: spousal caregivers, especially those looking after partners who have dementia, often feel that they are dealing with strangers. As ironic as it may be, living with a person they’ve known throughout their life can be devastating, as soon as the recipient sees a caregiver as a stranger.
Young adults are with torn feelings of building a career and looking after their elder family members. These individuals are expected to look after kin (after all, who else?) and they often lose out on both employment opportunities and personal relationships. And it doesn’t really help that the current trend is rising health care costs and miscellaneous expenses, which result in caregivers often needing to pay out of their own pockets for required custodial needs and services.
The same applies to volunteer caregivers. As Kim Shea revealed in one of her previous articles, A Caregiver’s Enemy is Time, stress can be felt in the amount of time it takes to help a recipient. Juggling multiple tasks isn’t a laughing matter, considering one also has other responsibilities to be aware of elsewhere!
Perhaps it’s the calling or the genuine self-sacrificing drive to care for loved ones that push caregivers to their limits. But care recipients should realize that caregivers themselves need love and affection as well. Let’s not wait until the something breaks – begin the conversation; let your caregiver know that you care!
Team Effort Needed
Care recipients can make a difference in how caregivers feel by pushing the idea forward that it takes team effort to make something work. In this case, caregiving, in general, isn’t a one-size-fits-all concept – for it to work, both a caregiver and a recipient need to work together and look after each other. If you notice that your caregiver is in the dumps, make a genuine effort to find out what is the root cause of the distress.
Additionally, make it a priority to learn and do things together. Even the simplest tasks, such as cooking or a walk around the park matters, when done and realized together. There is so much beauty in the world knowing that you share it with someone else. With that said, probably one of the best gifts that caregivers offer to their recipients is companionship. Realizing that special bond you have with each other will allow you both to uplift each other’s spirits in times of doubt and uncertainty.
No man is an island, as goes the popular adage – everyone’s connected and together on this caregiving journey.
Retirement and Related Insurance Are Key
Stressing the importance of working together on this caregiving journey you are in can best be addressed through retirement insurance policies. Let’s take, for example, Medigap policies. Learning about how these policies work isn’t only time-consuming, but stress-inducing as well. But by having someone to help out and clarify how a plan works may allow you to see the benefits of what Medigap can offer for your circumstances. Best of all, your caregiver may also realize that insurance policies may also help lessen their daily burdens.
We wish you all the luck in dealing with caregiver stress. Everyone, including caregivers, deserves all the best in life!
About the Author:
Leandro Mueller is the Online Content Director of FreeMedSuppQuotes. He aims to push for awareness and promotion of the many benefits of Medigap insurance plans in the market. He hopes that his work will help boomers and retirement industry experts alike in their lives.