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If you are like millions of people caring for an older adult at home, it is likely that you put your loved ones needs over your own. The demands of caring for an older adult are more than just physical, they are also emotional. Over time, the stress of caregiving can lead to resentment, burnout and other health problems. Prioritizing self-care as the primary caregiver of senior is one of the most important things you can do for both you and your loved one.Signs of Caregiver StressAs a caregiver it is only natural to put your loved ones needs before your own, but you cant give what you dont have. If you are running on empty, you wont be able to provide the care your loved one needs, and you could be putting your own health at risk.Caregiver stress is all too common, according to the Mayo Clinic caregivers are more likely to experience symptoms of anxiety or depression and it is natural to feel angry, exhausted, frustrated, sad or alone. You may be so focused on caring for your loved one that you may not even realize your own health and wellbeing is suffering.Studies show that long term stress can have a negative effect on your overall health including putting you at risk of medical problems. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, caregivers are more likely to have a chronic illness than non-caregivers such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.Learning to recognize the signs is the first step on the road to taking charge of your health and wellness.Signs of caregiver stress: Feeling overwhelmed Often feeling tired Weight gain/loss Frequent headaches Irritation or anger Losing interest in activities you typically enjoy Alcohol or drug abuse (including prescription medication)Prioritizing Self CarePrioritizing self-care is not selfish, its responsible. How can you take care of someone else if you dont take care of your own health? Decompressing and taking time for yourself is an important part in keeping yourself healthy for the long term. How do you start prioritizing your own needs?First and foremost, learn to ask for help. As much as we want to be superheroes for our loved ones, sometimes even heroes need a hand. Dont be afraid to ask other family members, friends and even neighbors for help with daily tasks like picking up dry cleaning or going on a grocery run. It is important to be realistic about what you can or cannot do.Create boundaries. Having boundaries is important to maintaining healthy relationships and preventing burnout. Even as the primary caregiver of an older adult, creating boundaries can minimize any resentment that can come with the caregiver role.There are resources out there to give you a hand such as transportation or meal delivery, look into what might be available in your community. And remember, you are not alone. There are support groups out there that can provide encouragement, provide advice for challenging situations and validation. There is power in community.Whole Person WellnessWe all know that exercise, eating healthy, staying hydrated and getting plenty of sleep are the foundations of living a healthier life but whole person wellness is more than that. While it is essential to take care of your body, dont forget the needs of your mind and soul. Taking the time to be social and getting out for the night can do wonders for your psyche. You are your own person, and you need a life outside of daily work and caregiving responsibilities.Other activities you can do to decompress: Meditate Yoga Listen to relaxing music Get a massage Go to church Read Take a hot bathRemember, dont be so hard on yourself and give yourself some grace. Be as kind as supportive to yourself as you would be for your best friend if they were in your position. They say it takes a village to raise a child, well it can take a village to provide proper long-term care for an aging loved one as well.When is it time for an assisted living community?Many adult children have feelings of guilt associated with moving their parent into an assisted living community. But there may come a time where continuing to care for your loved one at home is no longer feasible or safe. Your parent may no longer be able to safely stay at home while you are at work. Maybe they need more assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, than you can provide. Assisted living communities like Cappella of Pueblo West can be a great option.With a full calendar of social, intellectual, inspirational, and physical programs, residents of Cappella of Pueblo West have many opportunities engage with others who share their interests and tastes. Our award-winning community is dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults and our Rhythms Life Enrichment Philosophy of Being Well Known guides community life.Contact us today to learn more about our community, we are happy to answer any questions you may have or to schedule a tour.
Are you drinking enough water? Most adults do not especially during the cooler weather months. Did you know that use of a heater in the winter months can accelerate water loss? The drier indoor environment is not the only challenge; When the weather is colder, your body will excrete more urine and without warmer weather to make you realize you are thirsty, you may forget to replenish these lost liquids. Couple the environmental changes with medication, illness, mobility issues and other health conditions, and dehydration can become a bigger problem than you might realize. Here are just a few symptoms of dehydration: Extremely dry skinFatigue Not using the bathroomDark urine Dizziness Fast heart rateConfusion Having enough fluid in your body is important for literally every bodily function and not getting enough can lead to catastrophic health issues. Dehydration can cause urinary and kidney problems, seizures, swelling of the brain and even death. Experts agree that most people need to drink at least one eight-ounce cup of water per every 20 pounds of body weight each day and as we age, our water content decreases, and we need to replenish it more frequently. Dont like plain water? There are many other options to stay hydrated including hot beverages such as herbal tea, soup, popsicles, milkshakes, and sports drinks. Caffeinated beverages can contribute to dehydration and should be avoided. To learn more please call Villa Pueblo Senior Living at 719-776-4380.
5 Minute ReadDo you or someone you love need long-term care? If so, understanding the basics of Long-term Care Medicaid can be an invaluable resource. Long-term Care Medicaid helps Seniors and Disabled Adults pay for the high costs of ongoing medical and personal care services. In this blog post, Stacy Osborne, CEO of Beneficent, will discuss what Long-term Care Medicaid is and how it can help those in need of ongoing medical and personal support. What is Long-term Care Medicaid? Since April 1999, Beneficent has been privileged to successfully assist more than 3000 families and individuals through the long-term care Medicaid and VA applications while preserving assets.Long-term Care Medicaid is a financial assistance program that helps pay for medically necessary long-term care services. This includes nursing home care, home health services, assisted living facility services, adult day health services, hospice care, respite care, and more. It is available to people who are aged 65 or older; blind; disabled (as defined by the Social Security Administration); or medically needy (those who have high medical expenses which exceed their income). Eligibility for Long-term Care Medicaid in ColoradoIn order to qualify for coverage through a states Long-term Care Medicaid program, individuals must meet certain criteria regarding their residence status and citizenship/immigration status as well as a financial assessment. The financial assessment looks at things like income level and assets owned by the applicant. Since April 1999, Beneficent has been privileged to successfully assist more than 3000 families and individuals through the long-term care Medicaid and VA applications while preserving assets.Benefits of Applying for Long-term Care Medicaid Though it can take some time to navigate through all of the paperwork involved in applying for coverage under one of these programsit could end up saving money in the long run while providing much needed relief when it comes to accessing necessary healthcare services. Applying for Long-term Care Medicaid can provide numerous benefits to those needing long-term care assistance. Not only can it help cover the cost of needed medical aid such as nursing home stays or home health aides; it could also cover the cost of personal aids such as assistive devices like wheelchairs or walkers; transportation assistance; meal delivery programs; homemaking and chore services; adult daycare centers; medication management programs; personal emergency response systems; occupational therapy; physical therapy among other things that many seniors need assistance with on a daily basis. Overall, applying for Long-term Care Medicaid can be an invaluable resource if you or someone you love needs ongoing medical or personal support due to age, disability or any other qualifying factor that might make them eligible for coverage under a states specific program guidelines. Though it can take some time to navigate through all of the paperwork involved in applying for coverage under one of these programsit could end up saving money in the long run while providing much needed relief when it comes to accessing necessary healthcare services. Ultimately this could lead to better quality of life down the roadmaking it worth every step taken along the way!Skip the headache of trying to apply for Long-term Care Medicaid on your own and call 719.645.8350 Beneficent to schedule a FREE initial consultation. We work with residents across the state of Colorado. Stacy OsborneBeneficent CEO719.645.8350
Caregiver Champion reduces your stress,and saves you time and money. Caregivers, the chronically disabled, seniors, and their families often need professional assistance to sort through complex changes and problems that accompany disability or the aging process. When a healthcare crisis occurs, the caregivers, the chronically disabled, seniors, and their families are faced with decisions they are unprepared to make. The landscape of healthcare is changing daily. Our expertise can ultimately save you time and money, and provide you with peace of mind, knowing you are doing absolutely everything possible to ensure your family members are receiving the best possible care and consideration.ADVOCACY for caregivers and their families faced with the challenges of care at home, an assisted living facility, or a nursing home. CARE MANAGEMENT which includes assessment, developing a plan of care, and monitoring of care.CORPORATE CAREGIVING PROGRAMS for employees faced with the many issues of care giving while maintaining employment.MOVING ASSISTANCE which includes a Transition Specialist that assists clients with moving, downsizing and relocation.INSURANCE ASSISTANCE including social security, veterans, waiver programs, medical assistance and healthcare bills.