August 12, 2011
Your stress level is…
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.
The following links may prove helpful to you and your family:
- What is Non-medical Senior Care?
- What is respite care?
- Providing Care and Support for a Spouse
- How to Ask Others For Help: Reaching out to family and friends is a necessity.
- What if my Aging Relative Resists "Outside" Help?
- Caring for a Loved One with Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease
- Help for Long Distance Caregivers
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