Care for the Caregiver: 4 Reasons to Get Help for Your Loved One

Care for the caregiver is as important as caring for your loved one.

Are you struggling to decide whether or not you need care for your loved one? How do you know which service to use or when to finally get the help you need? What type of care is right for them?  

Below we have outlined the top four reasons why you should consider finding help for you and your loved one. Even if you are not caring for someone now, you may one day. It is important that you do not wait until it is too late to ask for help. Be proactive and see what options are available to you today! 

  1. Reduce Isolation & Loneliness – Did you know that social isolation, can have a large effect on mortality risk such as smoking, obesity, and high blood pressure? Not to mention, there is a 29% increased risk of mortality over time from social isolation. Disengagement and withdrawal from society can actually be very detrimental to your health; therefore, it is important to reduce your loved one’s risk of isolation and/or loneliness. If you find them watching television more often and withdrawing from their friends, then it is important to reverse this cycle earlier.  
  2. Improve Socialization – Did you know there is a 70% reduction in cognitive decline by those who are frequently socially active and a 40% reduced risk of developing dementia. Socialization is very important, which is why you should help your loved one stay connected with friends, hire a homemaker or companion service for them, get plugged into the church, or use a senior day center program to increase their social engagement.  
  3. Reduce Caregiver Burnout – It may be hard to believe unless you have cared for a loved one, but studies show that there is a 60% increase in the mortality rate in caregivers experiencing significant emotional stress from caregiving. Do not be afraid to ask for help! Most people wait too long before asking for a little help. Therefore, it is extremely important that you seek help from care providers such as in-home care, senior day care, assisted living, or other respite care options. 
  4. Increase Nutritional Intake – Approximately 83% of those over the age of 65 could be at risk of malnutrition. This can be caused by a multitude of things such as dementia, Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease, decreased sense of taste, loss of vision, digestive issues and much more. However, there are many ways to help increase nutritional intake but one of the most effective is socialization. There is a 50% increase in food intake when people eat among company in a social setting versus those who are isolated or lonely. This is why being socially engaged is so important.  

If you are caring for your mom, dad, spouse, or a loved one, we are here to help! Receive a FREE copy of Florida’s 5-Step Guide to Senior Care by simply calling our senior care expert hotline at 941-676-3411. 

 

Caring for a loved one? We are here to help, whether you need help at home or need a little break during the day! Take a break and enjoy peace of mind knowing your loved one is having the time of their life!

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