Caring for a loved one can be very rewarding, but it also involves many stressors: changes in the family dynamic, household disruption, financial pressure, and the added workload. So is it any wonder that caregivers are some of the people most prone to burnout?
When caregiver stress and burnout puts your own health at risk, it affects your ability to provide care. It hurts both you and the person you’re caring for. The key point is that caregivers need care too.
Check out this time-saving recipe for all caregivers (especially busy moms) for dinner or a lunch.
With left overs to take you into the week!
1 14.5 ounce package Multi-Grain Noodles
2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
1 Sweet onion, halved and thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
2 sprigs basil, leaves torn
1 box vegetable broth
1/4 cup olive oil
Add all ingredients in a pan with with 4" sides. Cover with 1 box broth. Add Olive Oil. Boil together for 12 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed.
* Make it your own and add ingredients like: chicken, mushrooms, broccoli, ham ect..*
If your elderly parents are showing signs of forgetfulness which you are worried about but attribute to age. Think twice, how many times are they losing car keys, mixing up names of the grandchildren or telling the same story over and over in the same visit? We think they are just getting older and this is normal, when should we start worrying?
Here are 10 signs that may indicate it is more then just old age:
If you are a mother, father, grandparent, nurse, doctor, neighbor, spouse , friend or child just to name a few, we all are the faces of caregivers:
Being a caregiver is not for the faint of heart. With a twenty-four hour, seven day a week schedule, nonexistent vacation days, rare sick time, and unforeseen interruptions, all family/professional caregivers should be recognized for the invaluable services they provide.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.- Helen Keller
We want to thank everyone for all the overwhelming feedback we have been receiving on R.A.W. Caregiving making jobs in the community, volunteer hours for college students, helping many lost caregivers in their new roles & most importantly keeping seniors stay in there own homes as long as possible.
We are very excited to keep growing and making communities stronger.
Thought of the day: Don't be too hard on yourselves caregivers
your loved one appreciates you!
Did you know more than “15 million people provide unpaid care for family members or friends. The strain of the task has been shown in many studies to increase the risk of a variety of illnesses, and even death."
Providing food and nutrition are fundamental tasks of caregiving. They are also tremendously important in keeping a loved one well and less susceptible to deterioration. While food can be a source of pleasure for both the caregiver and the cared-for, nutritional meals are key.
On a stick for you and your loved one to enjoy together, easy for them to hold and a change from the everyday “winter blues” remember to get seedless & enjoy.
Grandparents & Parents Aging: Activity Tips
Wake up & follow your nose to this amazing maple oatmeal...
A bowl of creamy steel-cut oatmeal is a satisfying and healthy way to start the day, but the best is that you can wake-up to eat it yourself and give it to the loved one you are caring for. Here, the slow cooker does all the work while you’re getting some shut-eye. Before bed, coat the inside of the cooker with butter to keep the oatmeal from sticking, then add in all ingredients. Stir it together, set the cooker to low, and wake up to a hot breakfast.
Top it with your own granola & you are ready to take on the day!
You said yes to being a caregiver to a loved one but where do you go from here: Begin with these 5 Tips:
1. Begin by making a decision to STOP being the sole caregiver.
2. Set up a support team – people who will help you when you need it.
3. Never assume that people know you need help. Make a list of 5 people who you trust to help you out and then be specific about what you would like those people to do and ASK! Trust that your friends and family want to help you, but maybe they don’t know how.
4. Decide that it’s okay if everything isn’t done perfectly. Seriously, what is going to happen if things aren’t done perfectly? The truth is that they weren’t perfect to begin with. Show up and be the best you can be and then cut yourself some slack so you, too, can LIVE!
5. Make a point of finding something to be grateful for each and every day. Stockpile the things you’re grateful for and read them on the bad days. Your gratitude will save you. You can’t be grateful and worried at the same time.
Perfection and worry are perfect partners. They nurture each other and they destroy happiness. Be open to the journey of caregiving. Be grateful for the opportunity to be the ultimate gift in a loved one’s life.
You can do it!
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.