We’ve all heard it any time we board an airplane, “In the event of an emergency, secure yourself before assisting others,” the same can be said when providing care to a loved one.
Often when trying to balance caregiving, work, family and obligations, caregivers find themselves unable to care for their loved one due to poor health. Almost half of caregivers report having serious chronic conditions including heart attack, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis. That’s almost double the rate for non-caregivers. And 60 percent of caregivers reported fair or poor health status, one or more chronic conditions, or a disability; almost double the rate for non-caregivers.
So how does one prevent declining health and compassion fatigue?
Caregiving is challenging and it is near impossible to be a 100% all of the time, protecting your loved one and your health means taking care of the caregiver- you! If youwould like more information about Covenant Care’s caregiver’s support groups, resources, and programs reach out to our Care Navigation Center at 1.855.CARE.365 or visit Alzheimer’s programs link on our webpage.