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When one takes up the caregiving torch they don’t always realize the marathon that they are about to run. In today’s society we are focused on the quick fix on getting better faster. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, especially when caring for an elderly loved one.
Many times caregivers don’t even realize that they are in fact giving care. They feel it is just helping mom with laundry or checking to see if dad has taken his medications. Other times its setting out what your husband should wear for the day or helping your wife with their nightly bath.
Almost like a thief in the night, the amount of time and effort given to caring for a loved one begins to increase and with it so can stress related to being depended upon for that care. Most caregivers provide out of love and respect for their loved one. They do it selflessly and without thought to themselves.
Unfortunately, this mindset can lead down a slippery slope that caregivers must be mindful as they run mile after mile. If you or someone you know is a caregiver it’s important to watch for some of the symptoms of caregiver burnout.
Short Fuse: Do you lose your temper easily or feel anger toward your loved one? Are you more irritable and find yourself snapping at those you love?
Emotional Outbursts: Do you cry for no reason or experience feelings of despair? Do you experience significant mood swings? Do you feel depressed?
Sleep Problems: Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep? When you wake up are you tired?
Significant Weight Change: Have you gained or lost weight recently? Are you trying to gain or lose weight?
Lethargy: Have you lost your motivation? Do you feel sluggish? Mentally are you able to read or concentrate?
Physical Ailments: Does your head hurt often? Are you getting minor illnesses like the flu or colds on a more regular basis? Does your back or neck hurt or are you in chronic pain? Has your blood pressure increased?
Social Isolation: Other than your loved one, do you sometimes go an entire day without seeing anyone from the outside world? Do you still participate in your normal social activities? When was the last time you had a day to yourself? Do you feel completely misunderstood and that other family and friends don’t care as much as you?
Complaints from Family: Does your family call you a “control freak?” Is your family asking when they’ll get to see you? Are arguments with your loved one’s other family members escalating?
If you or someone you know begins to exhibit some of the above signs it is important to recognize that they are very common, but that they can be rectified. Usually what this person needs is some time away from the caring race. Even an hour or two can help offset the ramifications of caregiver burnout, but getting the person to recognize that it’s OK to take a break is often hard.
Luckily, there are many places that one can turn for help. Family, friends and neighbors are always offering to help. Ask them to come and visit with Mom while you go to a movie or get a massage. If you don’t want to be a “burden” contact your County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) to get a listing of agencies that can provide respite care for your loved one for a few hours or for a more extended length of time.
Respite care can be done at any time, for any ailment and in the comfort of your loved one’s home or at an off-site location. Most importantly it is a wonderful reprieve for the caregiver, as it allows them the opportunity to relax, rejuvenate and come back to the race of caring refreshed and ready to tackle whatever mountain or valley might appear.
My father has been here only a little over 2 months. The positive change in him has been DRAMATIC! I would HIGHLY recommend Azura........ I would give it 10 stars if they allowed it! This is the premier facility for any family member with cognitive issues! They do treat residents like family, believe it!
Review posted by Stephen Diedrich
The staff at Oak Creek are all fabulous! It takes special people to care for our loved ones. If has been a trying year for all and the staff at oak creek get a shout out for their kindness and compassion they give to my mom and the others. They have all gone above and beyond to make things seem as normal as possible for my mom! All of the staff have been so helpful and kind! They are all fabulous!!
Review posted by Mary Kubacki
"We want to thank you for the loving special care you took of our mother, Diane. It was truly mom's home and you all became part of our family. Everything was home for her....from the beautiful rooms, large sunny windows all around, good food made with love, fun and personal activities from people who really loved our mom. We would highly recommend your facility to anyone. The staff from the director, to the doctor, to the nurse, to the caregivers and the maintenance man were all extremely helpful, caring, loving and professional. There are not enough words to say how much we appreciate all of you. Your exceptional care, kindness, and love were beyond anything we could have imagined. You were part of our family, and we will miss you." - Gail Sommers and Deborah Guse
Review posted by Gail Sommers & Deborah Guse
Just moved my sister-in-law to Azura Stoughton on February 12th. I feel like I’ve found a little piece of dementia heaven. The staff has gone way beyond my expectations to meet her needs and take time to know her. Anyone who has dementia deserves the TLC they receive at Azura. I’m so impressed.
Review posted by Gail Aaroen
Thank you to the Azura Memory Care team, Sheboygan location for the amazing, loving care they provided my dad. They truly loved and cared for my dad as if he was their own. It is such a warm, loving, family environment I only wish we would have moved my dad there years earlier!
Review posted by Patti Bunch
Review posted by Ron Paxson
I have enjoyed working with patients at Azura Care as a Physical Therapist Assistant. The staff has been very helpful in sharing important information about the patients to make their therapy sessions as productive as possible. They are open to learning techniques to help keep patients safe and improve their ability to perform daily tasks with less assistance. Their interactions with patients show caring and compassion with a focus on the needs of each individual to enjoy the best quality of life possible.
Review posted by Barb Eisenberg
The journey of caregiving for my Aunt started over 4 years ago. It has been a very long difficult journey. It is hard to watch and frustrating to watch a loved one decline, as well as for them to live the decline. My Aunt found her final peace at Azura Memory Care in Sheboygan. It was not only her peace but mine as well. I no longer had to worry about her care as I could see that she was loved by her Azura family. She passed away on June 21 and they knew how important that it was for me to be there, but I also found peace that if I was not there, she was with family that loved her. No words can express the appreciation for the care, compassion and love that they have for all their residents. God has opened many doors through my journey and the doors at Azura were truly a gift from God. This family made a difference in a long journey. I will always have them in my thoughts and prayers. They are where and doing what they are meant to do!
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