- Consider particular aspects of caring for an ageing person
- Understand the range of demands a carer must respond to
- Gain insight into balancing the demands of work and home life
- Understand how to improve communications with this age group
- Recognise the risks from over-demand and the early action points.
Caring for an elderly person can be demanding and stressful. When the carer also has a full-time job managing the day-to-day demands of the two roles and dealing with the necessary concerns of the health and wellbeing of the person being cared for, normally manageable concerns can appear out of proportion and increase the stress.
The stress of caring for a dependent can be considerable, bringing with it a range of side-effects and emotions that can be difficult to deal with. Many carers are surprised to find themselves affected in this way, yet the right guidance and some preparation will help the carer remain more resilient, the better to fulfil the demands of their dual-role.
- The demanding role of the carer
- What is ‘elder-care’?
- Stress and resilience
- The ‘dual-role’ stress reaction
- Emotional responses in carers
- Three ways to remain more resilient
- How to maintain a productive outlook
- Prioritising and time management
- Effective listening and acknowledgement
- Loss of faculties and degenerative illness
- Resources – where to go for help.