This might sound familiar to you:
Someone you love is ageing and you want to ensure that they continue to live a healthy, balanced, and fulfilling life. You may not be sure how they would enjoy senior independent living, so you offer to have them live with you so you can take care of them.
Something to keep in mind when caring for a loved one is a phenomenon called “Caregiver Fatigue.” If you find the definition below describes you, it may be time to discuss senior independent living options with your loved one.
What is Caregiver Fatigue?
Simply put, it is the mental, physical, and emotional exhaustion that you may feel from taking on the role of caregiver, it can happen to anyone responsible for caring for someone else. That is why it’s important to be mindful of how you are feeling as a primary caregiver.
Caregiver fatigue symptoms include:
- Feeling depressed
- Sleep issues
- Resentment of the care receiver
- Social withdrawal
- Missing appointments and not meeting other responsibilities
- General lack of motivation.
If you are experiencing any of these, it may be time to take a step back and assess what is truly best for you and your loved one.
The Problem of Caregiver Fatigue…and the Solution!
So many families tell the team at Queens Avenue Retirement Residence that they would like to be a son, daughter, or family member again, rather than a caregiver. In Canada, some 65% of caregiving is provided by family members, but this responsibility can have a hidden cost.
Many have given up jobs, have health issues of their own, are older or are looking after their own children or grandchildren.
Then there is the simple fact of exhaustion. As much as caregiving is a labour of love, it is still labour, and not everyone has the ability to take that on. That is why there are trained professionals to ensure that everyone can get the standard of care that they deserve.
Today we are highly aware of the health and social costs of hands-on caregiving. Senior independent living offers the solution of having trained professionals deliver excellent care for Mom, Dad, and any other loved ones. This allows you to focus on being a happy part of their lives without having the full responsibility of care on your shoulders.
Senior Suites in Independent Living Where Your Loved Ones Are Safe and Happy
Queens Avenue Retirement Residence is passionate about ensuring that all its residents do not just feel at home, they feel like they are part of a community that truly cares.
We offer a wide variety of senior independent living options as well as care options so your loved ones can have an experience tailored to their needs. To find out more you can take a virtual tour, or give us a call at (905) 815-0862 xt 224.