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Nursing Home Solutions (NHS,
identifies telltale signs of caregiver burnout
to mark National Family Caregivers Month
Nov. 9 , 2004--NHS salutes and offers ways to help those caring for
their aging and/or chronically disabled loved ones through careful
estate planning - preserving assets while obtaining long-term care.
caregiver is a stressful responsibility that can lead to tension,
migraine headaches, high blood pressure, asthma, nervous stomach, bowel
problems and chronic lower back pains. Stress can also play a role in a
person's susceptibility to heart disease, stroke, and cancer," said
Zoran Basich, president of NHS, and leading expert in long-term and
Below are some
telltale signs of caregiver burnout. It is advisable to seek
professional help, utilize stress reduction methods, or seek alternative
ways to care for loved ones, such as a skilled nursing facility, if one
or more of the following apply:
at the care-receiver constantly, even over little things
constantly irritated, grumpy, tired or pressured
interest in personal activities or friends; feeling isolated
sleep, or sleeping restlessly (waking up during the night and
unable to fall back asleep)
Frequently yelling, screaming, or having crying fits or rages of anger
Withholding affection from and feelings of goodwill toward the care
Constantly blaming the care recipient for being in this situation
to go out, even for a walk, because "he/she needs me"
While only a
partial list, the above signs are a good indicator of "Caregiver
Burnout." Only a few can remain full-time caregivers forever; the job is
often too strenuous and stressful. NHS urges caregivers to seek help if
they experience burnout. Talk it over with family or friends, and ask
themselves the following questions:
* "Is my
care-giving to my loved one doing more bad than good?"
* "Is my
quality of life being compromised to the extent that it is also
compromising the quality of life of my loved one for whom I am caring?"
* "Is it
time to consider (and will I be okay with the idea of) an alternative care option, such as a skilled nursing home?"
* "Do I
know enough about the financial implications of putting my loved one in a
skilled nursing home?"
For more than
27 years, Zoran K. Basich, a leading expert in long-term and elder care,
has helped families navigate through the difficult legal and financial
implications associated with putting a loved one in a skilled nursing
Previous to founding NHS, Mr. Basich co-founded Grey Law,
a nonprofit legal services program for senior citizens. Mr. Basich has
served on the board of directors of the Alzheimer's Association, the
Betty Clooney Foundation, and the Southern California Head Injury
Solutions (NHS, LLC) is among the oldest companies specializing in
helping families obtain Federal long-term-care nursing home benefits,
based in Glendale, California. NHS is the pre-eminent, most
knowledgeable, and most established company in the arena of public
long-term-care benefits and asset protection.
Since 1977, NHS has been
pioneers in tackling difficult long-term-care issues in California and
the nation. Throughout the years, NHS has helped numerous families
preserve their hard-earned assets by helping them access long-term-care
benefits within a month of their first consultation.
information on how NHS has helped families wade through the legal and
financial implications of putting a loved one in a skilled nursing home
facility, please visit
http://www.nhscare.com/, or call +1-800-773-6467, to request a free
video featuring actual clients and their experiences.