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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.
In this video series, certified senior advisor Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care® talks about how to balance work and in-home care. This video is designed for anyone who is caring for an elderly person be it a parent, other relative or friend. The information in this video will give you some tools to use in caregiving, at work, and for yourself in order to help you find balance in your life.
In this video, certified senior advisor Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care® talks about avoiding caregiver burnout. She shows stressed family members that they are not alone when it comes to facing the challenges of being a family caregiver.
In this video, certified senior advisor Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care talks about symptoms of depression in family caregivers and offers six tips for coping -- such as setting reasonable goals and breaking large tasks into small ones.
In this video, certified senior advisor Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care explains Alzheimer's and other dementia and offers specific techniques for coping with a loved one who has dementia.
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.
In this video "Work-Life Balance," Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care discusses the negative effects of not having balance in one's life, starting with what work-life balance does, and doesn't, mean.