As our Seniors age, something that commonly occurs is “caregiver burnout”. Caregiver burnout is when the primary caregiver in the home (usually a spouse) starts to decline faster than the person receiving care. This is due to the physical, mental, and emotional strain that it puts on the caregiver.
Recently, the APA, and AARP performed a study about caregiver burnout. The results from this study were quite surprising!
Results show that…….
- 19% of caregivers experience regular and recurring physical strain
- 60% of caregivers suffer from depression
- 60% of caregivers are trying to work and care give
- 61% of working caregivers have to make work accommodations due to caregiving needs, this means they either take time off, leave work early, cut back on work hours, retire early, or turn down a promotion
- Working caregivers are 25% more likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure
- Working caregivers are 50% more likely to experience daily physical pain than their colleagues who do not have caregiving responsibilities
So what does all of this information mean?
Caregivers need help! While often times easier and more economical, the long term toll on a caregiver can have long lasting effects.
At Kind Hearts Senior Care, our caregivers are trained on how to lift, transfer, and help seniors with activities of daily living. Using a caregiver 2-3 times a week will drastically improve ones physical and mental health! Call Kind Hearts Senior Care today for a free consultation for Senior Care in St. George Utah! 435-275-1656