Compassion fatigue: the eventual by-product of caring for someone. Everyone gets it – if they’re doing their job well. Nurses get it. Doctors get it. Even some new parents get it at that most intense of times when they are suddenly responsible for a new and entirely vulnerable little life. It’s nature’s way of making sure you survive what can be an emotionally, physically, and intellectually exhausting job. Nature is telling you to take a break, because if you don’t, you’ll lose your own fitness, and ultimately, neither you nor your charge will survive.
With a possible sense of powerlessness about the approaching end to a loved one’s life, many caregivers wish to consider complementary therapies alongside palliative care methods, to guarantee the comfort of their loved one.
Clinically, end-of-life care focusses on pain and symptom management, and ensuring the comfort and dignity of the patient. However, at such a difficult time as this, good planning and effective working relationships between family and health professionals, will contribute to a positive experience for both the person and the family that will be left behind.
If care-giving family members wish to seek other strategies for managing pain and symptoms, it’s important that clinicians are aware of their implementation – particularly if complementary herbal remedies and supplements are being used alongside biomedical treatments: the chance that adverse reactions or interactions may occur must be ruled out.
As much as we would all like to see our elderly parents regularly – particularly as they get older and more dependent, and more in need of care – sometimes it just isn’t that easy. Life can be hectic: full-time jobs, children, grand-children, maintaining a busy household of your own, and staying socially connected in your own right, are… Continue reading →
According to the World Health Organization, dementia is an umbrella term, or a syndrome, commonly used to refer to a range of conditions which result in a deterioration in memory, thinking, behaviour, and the ability to function normally. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s. Vascular dementia, Lewy Body dementia, and Parkinson’s are among the other forms of… Continue reading →
Are you the primary caregiver for your husband or wife? Do you visit your elderly parent frequently in order to ensure that they are well and happy? Do you sometimes feel the need to take a break, but have concerns that your loved one may not receive that same standards of care that you provide yourself? Continue reading →
Managing elderly parents can be challenging and emotionally trying for many reasons. Most of us have compassion for the adult children who are dealing with a parent who has dementia, frailty, or life-threatening health conditions that are outwith anyone’s control.
But very little is ever said about the bad-tempered parent. The one who criticises the very people who are working hardest to care for them. The one who never shows any gratitude. The one who expects to be waited on, hand-and-foot. Worse still, the elderly parent who is suspicious and distrustful. Continue reading →
Many people make the assumption that residential aged care facilities are the primary choice when considering options for the future care of their ageing loved ones. Certainly, for some elderly people, in particular circumstances, residential care is likely to be the best or only workable solution: there may be, for various reasons, a need for indefinite, round-the-clock nursing care and security. However, for many more, older people, this is simply not necessary. Furthermore, the loss of independence and the often dreary institutional environment can promote depression and poor health. Continue reading →