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You're at work. The phone rings. Caller ID shows it's your mom. You sigh. Shake your head and wish the call would just go away. You think, "I was just there. What does she need now? How am I possibly going to get my work done?"
Most caregivers have other important and pressing responsibilities, so the added responsibility of caring for a senior loved one is likely to cause both emotional and physical stress on the caregiver. In fact, according to a survey by Home Instead Senior Care, 31% of family caregivers admit they'd like more help.
The first step in dealing with caregiver stress is to recognize the physical signs.
Asking for help when the burden of caring for a loved one gets to be too much isn’t a sign of weakness. Many are faced with that stress. Home Instead CAREGiversSM are often called to provide respite care to families and are specially trained to work with all types of situations.
Stress and burnout are the most common problems for those who care for someone with Alzheimer's disease. And, in turn, caregiver stress — the emotional strain of tending to a loved one — is one of the biggest reasons people with the disease enter nursing facilities
Times have certainly changed since Lennon and McCartney penned and sang those words in 1967. Medical and healthcare strides are allowing people to live well into their 70's and 80's. Despite those health advances, the fact remains
The emotional experiences involved with providing care can strain even the most capable person. The resulting feelings of anger, anxiety, sadness, isolation, exhaustion—and then guilt for having these feelings—can exact a heavy toll.
When you're a caregiver it's easy to forget about your own needs. After all, you're a caregiver not a me-giver. Right? Well, yes and no. As difficult as it might seem, you need to pay attention to yourself too. Why?
It’s a three-way time pinch that leaves some mothers exhausted and feeling helpless: They have to work outside the home and take care of children and elderly parents. That’s when it’s time to call in reinforcements.
Family caregivers should look for a regular break from assisting their senior loved ones so they’re not neglecting their own health. Build a network of resources such as family, friends and professional caregiving services like Home Instead Senior Care®, whose CAREGiversSM are equipped to step in and lend a helping hand whenever it’s needed.
For those who are taking care of a spouse who is seriously ill, a good piece of advice is to make sure that caregiver stays as healthy – physically and mentally – as possible. That’s why respite help is so important. Home Instead CAREGiversSM are often called to give weary family caregivers a break.
You’ve not been the same since your dad got sick. In fact, you’re not feeling the best lately either. Last time you were at the doctor your blood pressure was up. And the stress of worrying about whether or not Dad is safe is keeping you awake at night and making it harder to focus at work.