Even in the best of times, caring for an ageing loved one can be a rewarding but challenging experience. With COVID-19, the emotional and physical demands placed on caregivers have dramatically increased. Family caregivers often must balance work, their children’s hybrid or virtual learning, and personal needs with their older adult caregiving duties.
Even more, for many people caregiving has become a new role during the pandemic. For working caregivers, managing these additional responsibilities and navigating the pandemic can lead to stress, exhaustion and burnout, which can make it difficult to perform and focus at work and be there emotionally for people you love.
“As a caregiver, it can be easy to prioritise the well-being of others before yourself,” says Michael Wright, Director of Public Affairs at Home Instead. “However, during these challenging times, it is necessary to take proactive steps to create a balanced caregiving plan that will benefit you and those you love.”
The role that a caregiver plays in an older adult’s life has become increasingly important during the pandemic; still, caregivers are experiencing heightened levels of stress due to the growing demand. Now more than ever, it is important to learn how to provide care for ageing loved ones while navigating other responsibilities.
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It’s true what they say – you can’t provide quality care to others if you aren’t feeling your best. While finding the right work/life balance will look different for everyone, it is crucial to take stock of your own well-being when caring for those you love.
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