Being a caregiver—whether you’re providing full-time, in-home care to an aging friend or family member, or as a profession—can be stressful and overwhelming. There are bills to pay, doctor’s appointments to attend, meals to cook and a house to clean …read more
Being a caregiver—whether you’re providing full-time, in-home care to an aging friend or family member, or as a profession—can be stressful and overwhelming. There are bills to pay, doctor’s appointments to attend, meals to cook and a house to clean on top of all of your own personal responsibilities to your career and home. With so much to do and little time to do it, it’s no wonder why caregivers begin feeling less and less like themselves as time progresses.
If you notice changes in your mood, health or relationships, it may be a sign you’re experiencing caregiver burnout. Burnout is a common and understandable reaction to caregiving stress, but it doesn’t have to control your life. Read on to find out how to recognize and address caregiver burnout.
If you’ve ever had young children, you may recognize the feelings of irritability associated with constantly being called on and needed for one reason or another. It can feel overwhelming, potentially causing you to get frustrated with your loved ones. You may say something you normally wouldn’t say or find yourself getting emotional. Even when you’re home relaxing with your family, you may find yourself getting snippy. Unfortunately, burnout doesn’t discriminate based on your current task, and excessive exhaustion can cause you to have lingering bad moods.
Rapid mood swings ranging from anger to aloofness to helplessness can be indicative of mental or emotional burnout as a result of your caregiving responsibilities.
At the beginning of your caregiving journey, you may have felt fine, but as time went on, you may have ignored your own health needs to care for your loved one. A lack of sleep, downtime and medical attention can leave your immune system at risk. If you notice you’re sick more often than you used to be, it could be a sign of exhaustion or overexertion.
The stresses of caregiving can also impact your sleeping and eating patterns. Many caregivers suffer from interrupted or restless sleep or insomnia, and fail to enjoy a nutritious diet. According to a 2013 study published in Research in Nursing & Health, 55.7 percent of caregiver participants were overweight and 31.6 percent reported fairly bad or very bad sleep quality.
Poor sleep quality could lead to increased alcohol or sleep aid dependence, so it’s important to address these issues as soon as possible.
Although you love being around your friends, family and care receiver, you may find yourself craving more and more alone time. Caregivers suffering from burnout may isolate themselves or spend an increased amount of time doing passive activities like watching television or browsing the internet.
Caregivers who are burning out often don’t feel as interested in their old hobbies and may not want to attend social affairs. These feelings are often very confusing for caregivers who truly want to connect with others and enjoy their favorite activities, but can’t find the motivation to do so.
Symptoms of caregiver burnout may mirror signs of depression and anxiety. That’s because depression and burnout often come as a pair. Luckily, that also means many of the same treatments you associate with depression may also help reduce the effects of burnout. If you suspect you’re facing burnout, don’t wait to seek help. You can find relief by:
If you realize your loved one’s needs are too much for you to handle temporarily or long-term, it may be time to explore long-term care options such as assisted living or a nursing home, or respite care in your area.
Your health is important just like your aging loved one’s health. Your feelings of burnout are normal and justified. It’s only natural that caregivers need a break. Fortunately, there are long-term nursing communities available to help reduce your caregiver stress.
At A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, your loved one will enjoy a beautiful community staffed with compassionate and patient nurses to assist in everyday activities like dressing, moving and bathing. Our team is available 24/7 to offer assistance with any needs your loved one may have. They receive the care they need. You receive the rest you deserve. Contact us online or call 877-918-6413 to schedule your tour today!
Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), visited A.G. Rhodes of Atlanta on December 4th for a forum with long-term care professionals concerning regulation challenges. Administrator Verma met with more than 20 nursing home administrators, …read more
Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), visited A.G. Rhodes of Atlanta on December 4th for a forum with long-term care professionals concerning regulation challenges.
Administrator Verma met with more than 20 nursing home administrators, clinicians and others with interests in the long-term care industry, to discuss ways to streamline regulations to reduce unnecessary burden, increase efficiencies and improve resident care.
“We greatly appreciate Administrator Verma meeting with us and hearing our feedback,” said Deke Cateau, A.G. Rhodes Chief Operating Officer and moderator of the forum. “We look forward to working with CMS as we all share the mutual goal of providing the highest quality of care for our community’s nursing home residents.”
During Administrator Verma’s visit, she also learned about the Virtual Dementia Tour, which helps nursing home staff, caregivers and others identify and empathize with people living with dementia in an effort to improve care.
CMS, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, administers Medicare and Medicaid and provides information for health professionals, regional governments and consumers.
December 6, 2017
November 21, 2017 ATLANTA-A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab’s Chief Executive Officer, Albert K. Blackwelder, announced that he will be leaving the organization after six years in the role. “My time at A.G. Rhodes has undoubtedly been the most enjoyable stop …read more
November 21, 2017
ATLANTA-A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab’s Chief Executive Officer, Albert K. Blackwelder, announced that he will be leaving the organization after six years in the role.
“My time at A.G. Rhodes has undoubtedly been the most enjoyable stop on my professional journey,” said Blackwelder. “I’ve been honored to work alongside some of the most dedicated, committed and compassionate colleagues that I’ve ever met.”
David Perdue, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, thanked Blackwelder for his enormous contributions to improve the model of nursing home care to meet future needs and expectations of the city’s growing senior population.
Perdue said, “Our mission to provide expert and compassionate care to seniors in metro Atlanta has significantly advanced as a result of Al’s leadership and commitment over the last few years.
“Since day one, Al’s priorities were not only to lead his team to deliver the highest quality health care, but he was equally focused on providing an exceptional quality of life and promoting a supportive environment where elders thrive. Under his leadership, Al has enhanced A.G. Rhodes’ reputation as a recognized and trusted leader in the industry with many considerable accomplishments, including:
Perdue added, “Perhaps one of the most important measures of success is the high satisfaction from our residents, their families and staff. Al has always cared deeply about our employees, recognizing that their happiness translates directly to the well-being and satisfaction of our residents and their families.
“During Al’s tenure, he has instilled a culture of compassion and respect, where employees treat residents as they would members of their own family. This personal touch has resulted in a dedicated workforce that takes pride in easing the stress and difficulties that that often come with aging.”
While the organization is in the midst of transitioning to an improved model of care to better serve elders, their families and the community, Blackwelder said it is the right time for a leadership change.
“I’m so proud of the meaningful work we’ve accomplished to benefit the well-being of our community’s elders, but A.G. Rhodes is approaching a new and exciting era that should be led and inspired with fresh and innovative leadership. While I am looking forward to my next opportunity, I will always be an advocate for this organization and its mission, and I will celebrate the success that lies ahead.”
Perdue announced that following Blackwelder’s departure, Deke Cateau, the current Chief Operating Officer and former Administrator of A.G. Rhodes’ flagship location near Grant Park, will assume the CEO position.
Blackwelder said, “My decision to leave did not come lightly; however, it was made easier knowing that there will be a smooth transition leading up to my departure, and that Deke’s skill, passion and leadership make him the right fit for this job.”
“I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to continue to serve A.G. Rhodes in this new role as CEO, and I know I have big shoes to fill” said Cateau. “Al has paved a way for this organization to transform and improve the way we provide care for our aging population, and I am eager and excited to continue his vision.”
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A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab is a nonprofit organization providing therapy and rehabilitation services, short-term recovery and long-term care at three metro Atlanta locations in Fulton, Cobb and DeKalb counties. The mission of A.G. Rhodes is to provide expert and compassionate rehabilitation therapy and residential care to seniors in metro Atlanta. As one of Atlanta’s oldest nonprofits and most trusted leaders in senior care, A.G. Rhodes has set the standard for serving an aging community since 1904.
Managing Joint Pain in the Winter from A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab Managing Joint Pain in the Winter The dry and cold winter climate can cause an increase in joint pain and stiffness. Here are some excellent ways to …read more
Managing Joint Pain in the Winter
The dry and cold winter climate can cause an increase in joint pain and stiffness. Here are some excellent ways to relieve those unwanted aches and pains.
Keep your extremities warm by wearing insulated gloves and adding layers. Wear tights or leggings with dresses to keep yourself warm, and limit bare skin exposure to the cold.
Dry and cold climates can still dehydrate you just as quickly as hot climates can. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and drink a large glass before bed to stay hydrated while you sleep. Drink another full glass when you wake up in the morning – it’ll energize you for the day ahead.
Decreased activity leads to increased joint pain and stiffness. Stay active in the winter by working out inside with exercise DVDs or head to your local gym and focus on aerobics. If you decide to exercise outside, make sure to wear layers and limit skin exposure to the elements.
Flexibility is vital to relieving joint stiffness. Exercises like yoga and Tai Chi are great for flexibility and can be done indoors during the winter. Start with simple poses and slowly progress in difficulty. You can find free yoga classes on YouTube led by experienced yoga instructors.
Use Over-the-Counter Medication Sparingly
Pain relievers like Tylenol or Advil may be useful for relieving pain, but using them too much can lead to health complications that affect your liver and kidneys. Speak to your primary care physician to find the right treatments for you and your condition.
A balanced diet of low saturated fat, refined carbs and more fiber can reduce aches and pains. Staying hydrated is also essential. Consume foods like carrots and cucumbers to facilitate digestion.
Increase Vitamin D Intake
Limited sunlight and harsh weather conditions can prevent you from receiving enough vitamin D nutrients from UV rays. Supplement your diet with vitamin D rich foods or supplements like fish oil. Increase your intake of milk and step outside for a few minutes during the warmest part of the day to receive more vitamin D.
About A.G. Rhodes
A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab provides high-quality senior rehab services, including therapeutic rehabilitation, skilled nursing and post-surgical recovery. To learn more, contact us online or call 877-918-6413.
Modern medicine has made great strides in healing joint erosion, pain and injuries in hips and knees that would’ve proven debilitating and extremely painful centuries ago. Even though modern procedures are much more effective than they once were, patients still …read more
Modern medicine has made great strides in healing joint erosion, pain and injuries in hips and knees that would’ve proven debilitating and extremely painful centuries ago. Even though modern procedures are much more effective than they once were, patients still need post-op rehabilitative treatments to facilitate the healing process and maximize the beneficial effects of joint replacement.
Physical therapy is a crucial aspect of recovery after knee or hip replacement surgery, as it helps the body regain range of motion in the affected area. It’s a methodical process focused on exercise routines and physical techniques designed to get the joint functioning normally again, rebuild strength and prevent post-op complications.
Physical therapy typically begins shortly after the surgery is completed. Medical professionals will instruct you on new positions to rest in to feel comfortable, and they will assist you in completing small tasks such as walking with a walker and helping you to the bathroom.
A physical therapist works with you while you’re still recovering to guide you through various exercises designed to strengthen your body, accelerate healing and increase the range of motion of your new hip or knee. Your progress will include walking independently, or perhaps with crutches, seating yourself without assistance, rising from your bed without aid, dressing and using the bathroom by yourself.
Depending on recommendations from your primary care physician, you may receive physical therapy in an inpatient or outpatient setting, tasked with completing physical therapy exercises on your own at home, or a physical therapist may make routine visits to your home to assist with your exercises. Avoid overexerting yourself, as too much exercise can cause long-term damage. Having a rehab specialist assist you through the exercises is one way to ensure you’re performing them correctly.
Common rehabilitation exercises may include:
Pain and swelling will be common throughout the recovery process as your body adjusts to your exercises and heals from the surgery. Keeping the legs elevated and applying ice wrapped in a towel will help.
Your recovery is, in large part, dependent on your dedication to complete all your exercises and take all your prescribed medication. Your surgeon may have fixed your joint, but it’s your job after the surgery to exercise it properly while getting enough rest to ensure your surgery is a success.
Recovering from hip or knee replacement surgery requires attentive care. Receive innovative inpatient or outpatient therapy from A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab to help you get back on your feet. Our rehabilitation programs are designed for short-term recovery patients and long-term care residents at various levels, whether they’re building strength or recovering from an injury or surgery.
A.G. Rhodes employs experienced, licensed therapists to administer our rehabilitation programs. In-house therapists help our patients receive tailored treatment plans, more one-on-one time and access to advanced tech and physical therapy equipment. This allows patients to achieve the best recovery results possible.
Key programs include:
Our programs also incorporate fun activities, using Wii and Xbox games to improve motor skills and iPads to work on improving speech, visual and cognitive skills.
Get the treatment you need to achieve the best results and make your surgery recovery a success. Contact us today for more information.
In October 2017, our Atlanta home recognized employees who have worked at A.G. Rhodes for 20 or more years at a long-service awards celebration, including one employee who has been at A.G. Rhodes for 45 years! We are grateful for …read more
In October 2017, our Atlanta home recognized employees who have worked at A.G. Rhodes for 20 or more years at a long-service awards celebration, including one employee who has been at A.G. Rhodes for 45 years! We are grateful for and inspired by these employees’ dedication.
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Congratulations to the following employees who were recognized:
Vickie Mathis, 45 years
Diane Wheat, 35 years
Patricia Green, 30 years
Angela Johnson, 30 years
Christine Thornton, 25 years
Vanissa Johnson, 25 years
Syteria Jackson, 20 years
Rudine Walker, 20 years
Tonia Stanford, 20 years