There are very specific instances throughout life that could warrant interaction with a social worker. Adoption, for example, would put you in close contact with a social worker as a means of qualifying your home in the eyes of an adoption agency. For the most part, however, the everyday family won’t generally come face to face with a social worker.
Conversations regarding terminal health conditions are varied and involve numerous different courses of action, different living options and treatment plans, but by and large, regardless of the details, these conversations are never easy to have. Because the outcome of any terminal situation is the passing of a loved one, many people feel like their options for end of life care are futile or, they cling to a hopeful resolve that suggests the prospect of recovery.
The life of a caregiver isn’t one with a lot of downtime. Being on the clock at all times, while still maintaining your own personal life can quickly mount a burden on even the most resilient individuals and often, unfortunately, it can lead to caretaker burnout.
Burnout is bad for everyone involved—the caretaker, the person being cared for and anyone else who happens to tie into the fold. But, the good news is that burnout can be avoided. Take a look at five tried and true methods on how to reduce your stress level, recharge your batteries and keep yourself in a positive state of being as you give someone the very best quality of life in their final days:
People often have trouble asking for help. Even asking for help with something simple, like carrying your groceries, seems imposing for many people—to the point where they don’t just remain silent, but actively refuse offers for help. Whether it’s pride, shame, perseverance or something else, asking for help isn’t something everyone can bring themselves to do.
Caring for a loved one who is terminally ill is a situation no one wants to have to face—not just because of the tremendous burden it brings, but also because of the emotional toll it can have on everyone involved. To know that the end is near and to know that nothing can be done except helping to make someone comfortable almost always incites a feeling of helplessness and it’s a feeling that shouldn’t be shouldered by someone alone. To this end, hospice services have become highly regarded and much relied upon by those with family members who require around the clock care in their final days.