If you do a caregiver assessment you need professional expertise. You have to track roles and stressors. What’s that? Primary stressors come from the person they are caring for –says he or she staying up late at night so the caregiver can’t sleep.
Secondary stressors cascade then flood into other areas of the caregiver’s life.
The caregiver suffers role strains or secondary tensions and conflicts that arise in maintaining other roles in their life such as employment and family relationships.
Take caregiver Ms. Handy . Ominously, she was in trouble at work for missing so many days of work, to care for her Dad. Out of sick and vacation, Mrs. Handy was being docked for every day she took off, which was going to impact her and her family financially. Termination might be the next step.
The other conflict was with her “mother” role and “ wife role”. The school was reporting her oldest child was falling behind because Ms. Handy could not help with homework. Her kids were feeling neglected. In addition her husband was frustrated because her lack of sleep and odd sleeping hours was affecting their intimacy as a couple.
The care manager tracked the roles that Ms Handy had, which were wife, mother and employee in addition to caregiver. This multitasking gone insane.
So the secondary stressor of Ms. Handy’s role of mother, wife and employee has spilled over into other areas of her life. with terrible consequences These role stressors overwhelmed her by the time she called the care manager to do a caregiver assessment.She was going to put her Dad in a nursing home when he did not belong there and would be on Medicaid as payment. That equals very poor care as opposed to paying privately.
By then she was so burnt out she was thinking seriously of placing her father in a nursing home. Thus caregiver assessment and the skills to do it really well to relieve all this stress and allow the caregiver to juggle all these roles.