By: Darrell Castle
You may have a loved one with chronic medical conditions that requires a lot of dependancy. Perhaps it requires a full-time caretaker.
Regardless of whether the caretaker is a family member or a true professional, the job can be stressful. It takes a special person with compassion, patience and strength to do the job. And when the stress and frustration builds up, the wrong person may take things too far and turn to abuse as his or her coping mechanism.
ElderCareLink.com wrote this good article detailing caregiver stress. Sue Lanza — the author — talks about how stress can build up, what to watch for and how to reduce the risk of abuse.
Each caregiver relationship is unique, but there are some general suggestions she offers to prevent this abuse from happening.
Whether your family member or a professional has the duty of taking care of your loved one, always check in. There should be a checks-and-balances kind of system. Check in daily or weekly. Look for signs of abuse, which I detail in this blog post.
Get more help
Whether it’s you, a loved one or another professional, be sure to offer additional help to the caretaker. This will give the caretaker time off to rest and recuperate. As we all know from our own professional lives, a little vacation does the body well. The same holds true for caretakers.
Attend support groups
You’re not in this alone. There’s a whole community of people just like you. People who have a loved one in need of full-time assistance. Join these groups, get to know the people and use them as support for you and your situation. And encourage the caretaker to join you.
What a personal injury attorney can do about elderly abuse
Here at Darrell Castle & Associates, we hate elderly abuse and won’t stand for it. If you think your loved one is being abused, report it immediately and then contact us.
We’ll investigate the case. And if we find wrongdoing, we’ll fight to make sure the abuser is held accountable. And that you and your loved one are compensated for the damages.
We’re good at what we do. We’ll make sure you get the best results and have the easiest experience possible. Don’t just take my word for it though. Click here to read our client testimonials.
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