Caregiving Gaps Confirm that Family Caregivers May Benefit from Support
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As a family caregiver you do your best. Some days are better than others. The challenge is that you don’t know what you don’t know and there’s really no "school" for caregiving.

What happens when you are exhausted and are too tired or forget to finish a task? This happens to all of us.

  • You forgot to remind a loved one to take medications or to pick up a prescription.

  • You were rushed to leave for work and didn’t have time to help dress or help a loved one to the bathroom.

  • The call from the doctor’s office, wasn’t returned before the end of the day.

Then there’s the nagging thought that stays in your head. "What if something happens to them while I’m gone?" This feeling of being so overwhelmed that you forget to complete tasks is the definition of a "caregiving gap". It’s a mental gap that occurs when caregivers have too much on their minds.

What now? Below is an article with tips about 3 main areas of researched concerns.

As a caregiving advocate, consultant, and speaker, I support family caregivers. I’m the real deal. I’ve been a family caregiver who has experienced the loss of both parents, a brother and a sister. I’ve been a professional caregiver for 20 years.

  • My 20-year history in the field of aging, healthcare, and as a professional fiduciary set the groundwork for me to support family caregivers on a broad range of subjects.

  • My family caregiving programming with my caregiving library of articles, podcasts, and videos offers support and information to help caregivers become better advocates.

  • Then there’s direct caregiving support. CLICK HERE to gain access to my Family Caregiver Facebook Group called the Caregiving Trap that is by invitation only! You’re invited to join, post questions, and interact with other family caregivers. I’ll pop into the group, post articles, and answer your questions.

Check out these helpful tips and then sign up for the FREE library.

Caregiving Gaps Confirm that Family Caregivers May Benefit from Support

Do family care receivers experience gaps in the quality of care provided by family caregivers? A common belief is that family caregivers are the best caregivers. Perceptions exist that the relationship between the family caregiver and the family care receiver is of better quality than a relationship with an agency caregiver. Family caregivers are devoted, committed, and responsive to the needs of family care receivers. Family caregivers are also overwhelmed, burdened, stressed, unhealthy, guilty, angry, and do not prioritize caring for themselves. The emotional effects of caregiving and a long list of physical tasks places the family caregiver in a position of feeling burdened by caregiving responsibilities. Does caregiver burden result in gaps in care quality?

Considering the high levels of caregiver burden and stress, should surprise exist that that family caregivers make mistakes or that caregiving gaps happen? A study examining factors associated with unmet care needs of older adults identified that, 31.8% of older adults needing help reported at least one adverse consequence. These included wet or soiled clothing due to incontinence, being housebound, having limited mobility inside the home, or medication errors (1).

Want more?

  • Attend one of my first "On Demand" webinars "Why Do I Need a Care Manager" CLICK HERE to register and choose a time that works for you. This isn’t a normal "run of the mill webinar" – it’s better!  The length is about 22 minutes – please share this information with other family caregivers who are unfamiliar with the benefits of care management support.

  • Access the FREE Caring Generation Library.  Check out caregiving articles in 30 different categories, and join for more behind the scenes information. There’s no cost and it’s easy to subscribe.

  • Check out my book, The Caregiving Trap: Solutions for Life’s Unexpected Changes and watch entertaining videos about information featured. The Caregiving Trap offers straightforward information and step-by-step exercises to help you solve caregiving challenges, set boundaries, and have conversations with loved ones about care needs.

Questions?  Reply to this email and let me know how I might be of service.  Please forward this email to another caregiver or a care recipient who might find this information to be helpful.

In gratitude and service,

Pamela D. Wilson MS, BS/BA, CG, CSA

Caregiving Expert, Advocate, and Speaker
(303) 810-1816

Pamela D. Wilson, MS, BS/BA, CG, CSA, a National Certified Guardian and Certified Senior Advisor, is a caregiving and elder care expert, advocate, and speaker. Pamela offers family caregivers programming and support to navigate the challenges of providing, navigating, and planning for care. She guides professionals practicing in estate planning, elder and probate law, and financial planning to create plans to address unexpected concerns identified in her past role as a professional fiduciary. Healthcare professionals are supported by Pamela’s expertise to increase responsiveness and sensitivity to the extensive range of care challenges faced by care recipients and caregivers.

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