Good Morning All,
To all new caregivers and to all those 65 million (29% of the U.S. population) existing caregivers, this is our team, of two’s caregiving morning and all all before 6:45am.
Sh_t, Shower and Shave (Military Saying)
Over Night Emails Read
Roberts Lunch Made
Roberts Breakfast Prepped
Speciality Coffees Made
Roberts Bed Tore Down
Wake Robert Up and Start His Shower
Like with military precision every morning me and Trish work like a well oiled machine. We are even able to adjust to each other’s morning tasks if needed in case of in-seen issues. To all of you new to caregiving, it can be done and it does take time. Believe in yourself and your team members (if available). One suggestion is to make of list of chores and being realistic hand them out or volunteer for those you are able to do. Second suggestion is, be realistic with your time. Do not volunteer for something you’re not sure you can handle (like person clean up duty). I never thought I would be able to do it and always told mom in a joking manner (of course) that she would be going to a care facility before I did that. Yet after having Robert (Brother In-Law) who has epilepsy and is unable to care for himself and has lived with us for the past 21 months it’s bad yet it does have its days.
Final words of wisdom, be strong, be supportive, be safe, be understanding and remember in some cases the caree may be over twenty yet may have the mental abilities of a six year old.
Remember, things are easier as a team and the bigger the team, the better. Be strong, be supportive, be understanding and overall remember these two things, your caree maybe an adult yet may only have the abilities of a child and secondly it’s not their fault, they did not ask for this.
More Caregiving Statistics:
* Average family caregiver is a women, 49 years of age.
* She is caring for her widowed 69 year old mother.
* This caregiver is married and employed.
* Approximately 66% of family caregivers are women.
* 37% of them have children or grandchildren under 18 years old and
that are living with them.
* 1.4 million children ages 8-18 provide care for an adult relative.
* 72% care for a parent or grandparent.
* 20 hours per week is the average number of hours family caregivers
spend on caregiving. 13% provide 40+ hours a week of care.
To view more statistics (where these statistics were obtained) go to, http://www.caregiveraction.org. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post. Feel free to post a comment at any time, I look forward to reading your thoughts.