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3 Ways to Combat Caregiver Burnout

For most families, caregiving for a loved one becomes a natural progression within a family unit. So much so, the National Institute of Aging reports that millions of Americans fall into a caregiver role for a friend or family member.

 

Whether for a spouse, parent, child, sibling, relative, friend or neighbor, we all usually find ourselves in a caregiver role at some point in our lives. 

 

Despite being a challenging role to fill, the CDC recognizes informal or unpaid caregivers (family members or friends) as the backbone of long-term care provided to those in need.

 

Let’s take a deeper look into what being a caregiver involves, how to combat caregiver burnout, and what resources are available to caregivers.   

Common Daily Tasks of Caregiving?

  • Grocery shopping and cooking 
  • Cleaning the house and doing laundry 
  • Providing transportation for the loved one 
  • Schedule medical appointments and coordinate care with various medical providers 
  • Assist your loved one with daily activities such as dressing and bathing 
  • Providing emotional support to your loved one

Combating Caregiver Burnout

At Lightyear Health, we understand the physical, emotional and financial strains that often come with caring for a loved one.

 

With that, Lightyear Health is committed to supporting both patients and their families. If your loved one is receiving services with Lightyear Health, we are pleased to offer a Caregiver Wellness Program to support the wonderful family/friends of our patients who seek support during these challenging times.

 

Our Caregiver Wellness Program provides therapy services to assist in processing and coping with any experiences and/or feelings that arise. 

 

If you are interested in enrolling in our Caregiver Wellness Program or are seeking additional caregiver services, please reach out to the Lightyear Health team – we are happy to discuss program options and your insurance coverage with you directly!

 

Sources: 

Caregiving 101 – Family Caregiver Alliance 

Caregiving- National Institute on Aging 

Caregiving- CDC