Sally Hemingway’s stress and burden and how he Geriatric Care Manager takes each away
Sally Hemingway is a family care provider for her live in male friend Tom Jefferson. They are both is their 80’s.Like all care providers, Sally has both a level of stress and of burden. What’s the difference?
Level of stress is defined as the strain felt by the caregiver. Sally feels strained because she has lost her sense of self and does not have access to her own family and grandchildren. Her strain also comes from her fear that if she faints, as she did a year ago or leaves, as she did a few years ago, what will happen to Tom, the man who she now considers the love of her life. She also feels strained because she feels that Mr. Jefferson’s adult children do not trust her.
Burden refers to the management of tasks, which depends partly on the coping skills and other supports available. This is the energy needed to provide for care giving needs of a senior relative compared to an individual’s own reserves. So burden must be examined by the geriatric care manager or aging professional. Additional responsibilities, stresses, and individual personality characteristics will help determine the burden of specific care giving situations.
Sally’s energy is low because ,after all .she is over 80. Sally now does everything for Tom Jefferson and being over 80 has her own medical problems. . That is a huge burden. She’s is doing ADL’s, IADL’s, bill paying driving, meals – – everything.
That is an overwhelming burden so you know as an aging professional or geriatric care manager, you must create a care plan to relieve this overwhelming stress and burden by getting Sally respite and arranging a private duty care provider agency , an adult day care center for Tom Jefferson , the love of her life.
So this is a way to look at stress and burden in a caregiver.