Caring for an aging loved one can be incredibly stressful. Often it feels like the whole world is on your shoulders. While you may be putting your all into making sure your loved one is staying well, the physical and emotional burden of caregiving can can take its toll on your own mental health. If that sounds like you, you aren’t alone. 50% of caregivers fall into depression, driving caregiver burnout which impedes the ability of your loved one to age in place.
So what can you do? Mayo clinic has put together a list of things every family caregiver can do to stay healthy and happy (see link below). This includes things like asking for help, starting a journal, and focusing on staying positive.
But having a checklist is easy. Incorporating these practices into your daily life can be harder. That is where genusConnect comes in.
genusConnect helps caregivers reduce the risk of depression and better manage mental health by creating an engaged care network that helps spread the load of caregiving, helps you stay organized, and delivers encouraging messages and support from your care network. Observations collected through genus also help identify when you might be at risk, picking up on warning signs such as feeling tired, increased agitation, changes in eating or sleeping habits, social withdrawl, and negative feelings.
Take the first step towards less-stressful caregiving. Download the genusConnect app from the iTunes or Android app store and see how when we care together, we care better.