Caring for an elderly patient whether as a family member or as a professional live-in carer definitely has its ups and downs. As any live-in carer will tell you there a number of stress triggers that are common to all those who do this kind of work. Being a live-in carer involves caring for a patient’s every need and requirement 24/7 and can mean anything from personal care through gardening and house care to accompanying them on outings. The Better at Home report has more information on this.
Whether you care for someone who is still fit and mobile or someone who is seriously ill, providing the level of care needed can be stressful and can leave you feeling under pressure.
Some live-in carers find that looking after someone for hours at a time and attending to their every need can leave them feeling fatigued. For a live-in carer who is looking after a family member this feeling is compounded by a feeling of burnout; caring for an elderly relative as well as trying to hold down a job or look after the rest of the family can lead to exhaustion.
Caring for a family member can exert a certain amount of financial pressure over time and this can add to other problems. The Live-in Care Hub’s Care Funding report has invaluable advice for carers burdened by money worries.
Dealing with Loss
When you work as a live-in carer for someone who is elderly and who may be ill the chances are that at some point you will have to cope with the death of that person who you will likely have become attached to over time. This unfortunately is a part of the job that no-one wants to think about and it can be difficult to come to terms with.
Changes to Your Social Life
As a professional live-in carer you are sent to work wherever you are needed and this means you could be working some distance from your home. Coupled with the physical demands of the job, with long shifts which can leave you feeling very tired you could find that your social activities have to be curtailed at least until you become more attuned and accustomed to the routine.
Dealing with Dementia
It is a sad fact that, according to the NHS, one in 14 people over the age of 65 are affected by dementia and the overall numbers of older people suffering with the condition is increasing. Common early symptoms include memory loss and in the worst cases the condition can bring about severe behaviour and mood changes which can be quite distressing and difficult for carers. Live-in carers often say that this can be the hardest part of being a carer and can lead to frustration. Be assured that there is help and information available for carers dealing with dementia.