Top-4 Quality of Life Tips for Senior Caregivers in British Columbia
Today’s post is all about caring for senior caregivers. Read on to learn about the risks of caregiver burden, how to lift it, and how to improve quality of life with the help of professional senior caregivers in North Vancouver.
Senior Caregiver Burden On The Rise For North Vancouver Families
A 2017 report by the Office of the Senior Advocate of British Columbia, “Caregivers in Distress: A Growing Problem,” indicated that there were approximately one million family senior caregivers providing unpaid labour in the province. Most estimates value their labour around $3.5 billion per year, and that number has only shot up since, driven by the mass aging of the Baby Boom cohort.
What’s more, senior caregivers’ unpaid labour is physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting. In 2015, 29% of caregivers indicated that they were experiencing distress, defined as “feeling distressed, angry, or depressed,” or else were unable to continue in caring activities. Two years later, that number shot up to 31%, evidencing a disturbing trend made worse by reports of reduced support for senior caregivers, such as adult day programs, respite, and home care.
This echoes a growing body of research on the seriousness of senior caregiver burden, which has been linked to increases in musculoskeletal injury, depression, anxiety, chronic stress disorders, feelings of hopelessness, career compromise, family conflicts, and more.
You can read all about it in British Columbia journals, but here’s the bottom-line: senior caregivers need support.
To that end, the British Columbia Seniors Living Association recently published an article detailing best practices for new family caregivers to avoid burnout and improve quality of life. What follows is a discussion of how Always Best Care’s senior caregivers can help you implement these tips and lift the care burden from your life.
Optimizing The Bcsla’s Quality-of-life Interventions With Always Best Care
- “Use the support that is available.” There’s plenty of free resources online, such as the British Columbia’s government website’s Caregiver Self Assessment, Family Caregiver Flipbook, and Caregivers’ Aspirations, Realities, and Experatrions (C.A.R.E) tool. The Family Caregivers of British Columbia website also curates valuable support resources.Our senior caregivers help plenty in this regard. First, we provide the respite you need to do your research and connect with caregiver resources. But we can also help you find them by tapping into our vast professional network of local senior caregiver supports.
- “Self-care.” Who’s caring for the caregivers? That’s up to you—but family caregivers need some help to make time for themselves. Our senior caregivers are available 24/7 so you can make time recharge your batteries with whatever it is you do to relax.
- “Home care services.” Depending on your loved one’s care needs, the situation may be too much for family senior caregivers to handle on their own. Whether you need a few hours of respite or want 24/7 care for your loved one, Always Best Care is standing by, with custom care plans that are flexible enough to fit any need and budget.
- “Get organized.” Organization is the key to efficient time management, which is critical for avoiding caregiver burnout. But adding note-taking, calendar management, and financial number-crunching duties isn’t practical for most people already hoping for more hours in the day. Here again, we can help. Not only do we make time in your schedule with on-demand respite service, but our team also offers organization and tidying help as part of our basic senior caregiver service.
Book a Free Consultation With Senior Caregivers in North Vancouver, BC
Call 778-945-3010 or visit the Always Best Care BC Canada website to learn more about our senior caregiver supports and respite services.