Caregiver burnout is something we talk about a lot at LifeLinks because we see it all of the time with our clients and families. There are times when the needs for your love one may be too much for you to handle on your own and still continue taking care of yourself and others that may need you. That is why our clients hire us, we not only advocate for their loved one and help them find programs in their area, but we also support their family so that everyone can enjoy their loved ones as they age.
If you are caring for a loved one with Dementia, we have some helpful warning signs for you to pay attention to that may clue you in to get additional help.
• Getting lost, wandering off, not knowing how to get back home or going outside at inappropriate times
BEHAVIOR OR PERSONALITY CHANGING
• Rapid mood swings or increased suspicion or paranoia
POOR JUDGEMENT LEADING TO SAFETY CONCERNS
• Leaving the door open or unlocked, letting strangers into the house
• Leaving stove on or burning pots
• Dressing without regard for the weather
• Giving large sums of money away or falling prey to telemarketing scams
• Poor housekeeping giving way to chances of falling
POOR EATING HABITS & HYGIENE
• Ignoring all over cleanliness like bathing, changing clothes, brushing teeth and shaving, etc.
• Unable to use stairs safety, lack of mobility, forgetting to use walker or cane
• Frequent accidents or increased odor
DEPRESSION OR BOREDOM
• Loss of initiative, socializing, maintaining friendships and activities
• Watching TV excessively
If some of these signs seem all too familiar or you would like to talk to someone about the behaviors that are happening - call us. Our care managers are ready to support you and your family.