Knowing your score can help you understand how your role as a caregiver is affecting your health and well-being. KayBee appreciates the trust you have put into our Nurse Partners to help. Our goal is to decrease your score with time. Write your number down somewhere as KayBee will send periodic surveys to check on you.
Your burden is light to non-existent, maybe because your loved one isn't fully dependent on you, you share your caregiving duties with other supportive family members, or maybe you have not felt changes in your lifestyle due to your caregiver status. Check-in time to time to make sure your score stays low.
Your burden of care is mild or moderate, possibly fluctuating from week to week. At this level, you may be having to change some aspects of your lifestyle for your loved one, but overall this is just mild worry as your loved one lives independently. Depending on your distance and ability to see your loved one, you may be dealing more with worries for the future, or worries of your ability to handle their growing needs.
Your burden of care is steadily moderate or severe. Being a caregiver has shifted your lifestyle and could be impacting your relationships, or affecting your career, financial situation or mental and emotional health. You may feel less in control of your own time and schedule. Your loved one likely requires a higher level of care, and depends on you regularly. You may face worry or anxiety over care decisions, their living and transportation situation and more. You deal with regular feelings of frustration, stress, guilt or anger.
Your burden of care is severe, and you may be unable to "turn off" your worry, frustration or anxiety of caring for your loved one. You could be facing fatigue, sleeplessness or other health issues as a result. Most likely, your loved one is fully dependent on you, and may require a lot of medical support. You may feel as though you have lost your identity outside of being a caregiver. You could be dealing with family friction or strained friendships, and may be shouldering financial obligations for your loved one.