The Burden of Family Caregivers

A family caregiver with her senior family member in his independent living community for those that need assisted living or memory care in their retirement

When a senior family member lives at home and has either fallen ill, or developed a cognitive impairment, like dementia, it often falls on the family of that person to help take care of them. This, unfortunately, can be a heavy burden to bear for family caregivers.

Family caregivers, according to a recent study, can spend as many as 100 hours, or more, caring for their family member. This is likely unpaid, affects their personal life, and can greatly affect their mental and physical health. The stress of caring for an ill family member can be debilitating for numerous reasons. Often, these family members are people that are revered and seeing them in such a condition can break the heart. Also, most of the time family caregivers are not trained in a way that can effectively help their family member.

All the hours spent and all the mental and physical exhaustion can reduce the bond between family members. Being a family caregiver can be so draining that there are now support groups for those affected. These groups are absolutely great for those that need them. But, the real question is, isn’t time more effectively spent building bonds and trying to bring each other closer? It’s been proven time and time again that family caregivers and the ones they care for have a weakened bond. This is because the children, for example, see their parents in a vulnerable state, and in the process, become burnt out by all the hours spent caring for them. The other side of the coin is that the ones being cared for can feel weak and become depressed because their children are caring for them.

Being a family caregiver is not only draining on the mind and body, it can also drain your health. It was been shown that family caregivers are more likely to develop illness themselves due to the high stress of the position. Family caregivers are more likely to get sick with viruses like the flu than those that aren’t family caregivers. This is because stress, however superficial it may seem, actually has the ability to lower the immune system’s abilities. This can allow for various illness to creep by and actually do harm.

Bonaventure Senior Living Can Help

Senior years are a time for retirement. They’re a time to live life on your terms and really have some fun, relax, and just enjoy things, like family. When you’re a family caregiver, you don’t get to just enjoy your relative, because you’re working, stressing, and exhausted.

Sure, you could hire an in-home health care specialist. But, unfortunately, chances are they will only be able to be with your family member for a certain amount of time. Round-the-clock care for an in-home service can be staggering. Bonaventure Senior Living can make things considerably better.

We offer round-the-clock care, 24/7, 365 days a year. Not only do we ensure that your family member is getting the best care possible, we also make sure they’re enjoying their retirement. Those that live in senior living communities have been shown to be happier, healthier, and have better relationships with their family members.

At a Bonaventure Senior Living community you can rest assured that your relative is getting professional care, a great diet (that tastes amazing, too), fun and engaging activities and outings, fitness, and more. This gives you the time to live your life and just be a family member to your loved one, and not a family caregiver.

The best way to find out if a Bonaventure Senior Living community is right for you or your loved one is to simply book a tour at a community that’s near you. Visit: https://bonaventuresenior.com/retirement-perfected/book-a-tour/ and discover Retirement Perfected.

Bonaventure Senior Living

At Bonaventure Senior Living, we have Retirement Perfected, Living Perfected, Dining Perfected, and Fitness Perfected.  The best way to see for yourself is to Book-A-Tour today and discover how you can live life on your own terms. We specialize in Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care, that way, no matter what your current situation is, we have all levels of care covered if your needs ever change.

Independent Living

With Independent Living, we want you to enjoy Simplified Living, allowing you to have the freedom to do what makes you happy. Our Independent Living is designed to accommodate the exceptional senior lifestyle that you’ve earned. What’s even better, is that with Independent Living we offer whatever supportive services that you may need at any time you may need them. Now that’s Retirement Perfected.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living at Bonaventure Senior Living is simple: all the lifestyle benefits of our Independent Living, but with any extra support that you may need. Our philosophy is based on three simple things: choice, independence, and dignity. Now that’s Assisted Living at its finest.

Memory Care

Every senior is a unique person, and our Memory Care approach is no different. We tailor our Memory Care by connecting with family members and taking time to understand each person’s specific circumstances. This includes mental, emotional, and physical health. Our Memory Care creates an honorable and professional plan to make sure that each person lives their life to the fullest. That’s the way Memory Care should be.

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