Giving Thanks for the Caregivers

Caregiving in the home is a tough job, and millions of Americans are doing it. They struggle daily to meet the needs of their loved ones, and some, out of necessity, also hold a job outside the home. It's stressful, to say the least, and the caregiver's health often goes unchecked.

This November, we are taking time to say THANK YOU to the people who lovingly give baths, clean houses, shop for, and comfort the elderly and ill and disabled people who are friends and loved ones. 

If you are a caregiver, this article may help you realize you are not alone, and there are steps you can and probably should take to care better care of YOU!

Here are some key points we picked up for you:

Take naps: One of the healthiest things you can do for yourself is to fit naps into your weekly schedule. Round-the- clock caregiving is never easy. But when your loved one takes a break, don't do another task — you take a break too. It's important not to wear yourself down or who will take care of you?

Check yourself for depression: Watching a parent age or seeing someone change drastically due to illness can be devastating. Take some time to monitor your own wellbeing. If you are not sleeping well, exercising, or feel yourself becoming reclusive, speak to a professional about depression. It can hit anyone at any time. There's no shame in feeling overwhelmed.

We also advise you to plan long weekends in advance. Go relax while a family member or friend fills in for you. This will give you something to look forward to. Also, accept help every time it is offered. If it isn’t offered, ASK. 

For Employers

Here's an excellent article describing the struggles caregivers face. A key point we picked up for you is that millennials are becoming caregivers at staggering rates. Many of them are caring for loved ones while holding down full-time jobs. As a matter of fact, we read that, in today’s workforce, 1 out of every 5 full-time employees is providing care to a loved one and spending an estimated 15-20 hours per week on their duties.

To help your employees stay productive on the job, it may now be necessary to provide support for their exhausting role as a caregiver at home. 

If you are an Otis Wood client, you have FREE access to HR professionals and compliance information that can help you develop flexible work arrangements and other policies in support of caregivers.

We also offer a very affordable subscription to Care Giver Support through freshbenies. Some of the benefits are:

  • Access a dedicated Healthcare Coach at any time for objective advice and tailored research and/or recommendations

  • Coaches can help with anything from researching doctors and care facilities to reviewing medical, financial and legal documents to providing advice about family dynamics

  • Collaborate with family members and keep them informed about the care of loved ones

  • Securely store loved one’s important medical, legal and financial documents that can be accessed on demand

Contact us today if you would like to learn more.