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Help burnt-out caregivers

Cool Story - Help burnt-out caregivers

The lone caregiver's attitude and viewpoint might change as the elderly age and their illnesses become chronic, like in cases of stroke, Alzheimer's, and cancer, from being cheerful, patient, kind, and loving to despondent, snappish, resentful, and despairing.

When caregiving extends over weeks, months, or even years with little rest or break, this change can sneak up on the worn-out carer.

The relationship between the carer and the family member being cared for may eventually deteriorate, rather than the carer being grateful and feeling blessed for what they are doing. Burnout among carers is a result of various circumstances.

In the beginning, the patient could be recalcitrant, argumentative, violent, accusatory, suspicious, or purposefully unappreciative.

An ill elderly lady, for instance, wobbles as she walks but obstinately refuses to use a cane or a wheelchair. She also won't let her carer’s daughter go with her to the bank out of concern that she wants her money. When the car keys are not handed to her, she becomes irate and disturbed. Even telling the carer to let go of life control!

Another elderly woman casually told her younger daughter who was taking care of her that she was looking forward to her older daughter's return from Indonesia so she could cook all her favorite meals and take good care of her.

The younger daughter has been taking care of her mother for years, cooking for her, taking her to the hairdresser, taking her on vacations, and making sure she takes her medication. But to her mother, all of her nice efforts throughout the years have gone unnoticed.

Some people treat the carer like a maid as dementia develops.

Second, critical family members may exacerbate the situation. They can accuse the worn-out carer of negligence or cruelty without ever offering to help.

Others provide some financial assistance and believe they have contributed fairly. Others, including the patient's children, don't give a damn about what's going on or even bother to offer a shoulder to weep on.

It's challenging for caretakers to take a much-needed break because nursing facilities are stigmatized as places where the elderly are sent. Many ill parents object to being placed in nursing homes.

They view it as degrading, tragic and comparable to being abandoned. As a result, they will make the carer feel guilty for considering this alternative.

Caregiving for the chronically ill and the elderly will be taxing on carers as our society gets older. Unfortunately, women will be mostly responsible for carrying the load.

Overall, Malaysians need to invest in their health by adopting active and healthy lives from a young age.

The biggest gift we can give our kids as we enter our elderly years is our health.

However, as illness can sometimes hit suddenly and without warning, we must change our perspective and accept living in nursing homes without any stigma.

Hopefully, the government will take into account increased tax breaks or subsidies for for-profit nursing facilities that follow the law. In addition, taxpayers who send their parents to nursing facilities are excused from paying taxes.

As a result, nursing homes will be more affordable for people with lower to moderate incomes.

Due to the aging population, organizations like the Employees Provident Fund, Social Security Organization, and others should think about making investments in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities for their members as part of their corporate social duty.

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