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Caregiver StressMeter: Medium Stress Result

August 12, 2011

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Based on your answers to the stress assessment tool questions, it appears that your caregiving role is likely causing you some stress that may be affecting you physically and emotionally.

That feeling of stress is understandable and could be the result of any one or a combination of the following situations:

  • Your aging loved one requires an increased amount of assistance
  • You don't have a great support network around you (family, friends) to help out
  • You live some distance from the senior you are responsible for caring for, making it difficult and expensive to meet their needs
  • Your busy schedule with work and your own immediate family has you spread very thin
  • The deteriorating health of the person you are caring for is beyond what you can handle on your own

It is important to take care of yourself in a caregiving situation, since your loved one is depending on you.

As a preventive step against further decline in your own health and spirits, you may find non-medical senior care very helpful for your situation. The non-medical, professional caregiver will help with daily tasks of everyday living, from meal preparation, light house keeping and medication reminders, to incidental transportation to and from doctor appointments (not to mention some much needed respite for you as the caregiver).

If your caregiving involves assisting somebody with dementia or early-stage Alzheimer's, it may be time to explore services from private and public agencies, as well as informal support from other family members and friends. Keep in mind that as difficult as it is, you are not alone in this situation and help is available.

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  1. April 30, 2016 at 6:13 pm | Posted by Alida

    My husband and I have been together since 1992. it is a second marriage for both of us so we are not that young. 9 yrs ago my hubby was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. Since then he has had 2 surgeries that didn't work. Her has been on disability since then. 2 yrs ago we lost our home because he cant be left alone for that long and I was glad when we moved in my mothers camper(the stress of trying to keep our lives the same as when he worked was way to hard on me). Last year my mother in law was diagnosed with breast cancer. She lives in Louisiana but her husband has to be in texas for his job and can only come home 1 weekend a month. She has not been a fan of mine all these yrs but when she called and asked us to move in and help her I did not hesitate(even tho it meant I now have 2 to care for). Neither of them can drive or clean house. We have almost lost my hubby once and his mother twice since last July. my brothers in law and their wives always say call if you need any help but when I do everyone has an excuse. This week mother in law fell with her walker and cracked her clavical. Now she cant even go to the bathroom by herself and my hubby has to have another surgery which will have him in the same condition. I do all dr. appts, drug store runs,shopping, house cleaning, yard work, cooking, laundry, and take care of 5 dogs and a cat. Even on the weekends when my father in law is home I still have to do everything and run his errands. I have copd so I'm not the healthiest. Ialso have 4 grandkids that I feel like they are growing up and I an too tired and stressed with my life to spend much time with them. I am only 51 and I feel like my life is over. I no longer have any friends or ever get invited to do anything fun. In fact I don't even remember the last time I did have fun. thank you so much for letting me venty as I have NO ONE to talk to.


    • September 13, 2016 at 2:25 pm | Posted by Paula

      I feel you. I got married three years ago. Two weeks after I got married my husband got a pulmonary embolism and was sick for a year. Later diagnosed with cancer this past April. It has been a roller coaster ride. I'm dead tired. All I can say is take care of yourself. Find a support group that will at least let you out of the house for an hour. I finally mustered up the nerve to go to church this past Sunday and went to one of my support group meetings afterwards followed by the grocery store. I've been a caretaker all of my life. Since you do yard work, take time to smell and enjoy some of those flowers. I know it is easier said than done.


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