Episode #130 – Meeting the Needs of the Caregiver


valerie martellHave you ever thought about life from a caregiver’s point of view? Have you or someone you know felt overwhelmed with the emotional and physical exhaustion of caring for another? Caregivers often put their own needs aside to be there for a dying person so meeting the needs of the caregiver is critical.

Caregivers are essential when someone needs at-home care. Are you aware of what signs to look for if a caregiver starts to feel fatigued from putting someone else’s needs above their own?

If you want to know more about meeting the needs of the caregiver, then listen to this episode of Forever in their Hearts, where host Erik Reynolds talks with Valerie Martell, Director of Operations for Martin Brothers Funeral Services about caregiver fatigue.

Caregivers play such an important role to an ailing loved one. This interview is an opportunity to learn how to meet a caregiver’s needs so they don’t become overwhelmed.

Acknowledging Caregiver Fatigue

Valerie begins the episode by addressing something we all need to acknowledge, which is when caregivers give so much to the people they’re caring for that they neglect their own needs.

Next Valerie points out why it’s imperative that we recognize caregiver fatigue.

Caregivers are not only essential to a single person or family, but also to our society. When we take care of the caregivers, they are better able to take care of us when the time comes.

Symptoms of Caregiver Fatigue

Then Valerie reviews some of the symptoms of caregiver fatigue. During the podcast she also provides answers related questions such as:

  • Who is most likely to suffer from caregiver fatigue?
  • What are common symptoms of fatigue in caregivers?
  • How can I help if I see these signs in a caregiver?

Now ask yourself these two things: Do I know someone who may be suffering from caregiver fatigue? Could I be responsible for someone’s care at the end of their life?

If you answered “Yes” to either or both of these questions, then you should know that Martin Brothers can assist you during this poignant time.

How the Funeral Home Can Assist a Caregiver

Next Valerie discusses some of the ways that a funeral home can help meet the needs of caregivers in their community.

Valerie goes on to offer some specific ways that Martin Brothers can help caregivers in the Greater Vancouver area.

There are two important things Valerie points out that must be done before the funeral arrangements can begin. She explains them during this podcast.

The episode wraps up with Valerie sharing her final thoughts about meeting the needs of the caregiver when they are at risk for suffering from caregiver fatigue.

Do You Know a Caregiver Who Needs Help?

Have you stepped into a caregiver role? Are you aware of what signs to look for when a caregiver might feel overwhelmed? Listen to the entire podcast now and then share your questions, comments, and personal experiences below so we can discuss them with you.

Martin Brothers Funeral Services has more than 100 years of experience in providing thoughtful, dedicated services to families dealing with loss. If you are ready to take care of funeral pre-arrangements, have additional questions about their services, or are dealing with a loss, please contact them at their Vancouver office.

Martin Brothers Funeral Services

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Vancouver, BC Canada V6S 2C1

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