Caring for an older adult can be among the most fulfilling experiences for any family caregiver. So many tasks bring pleasure as you give back to someone who may have given you so much. However, even as you lovingly provide support to a senior, you may have problems managing and balancing that support with your own busy life.
Sometimes the responsibilities of caring for a family member can go beyond just “stressing you out,” and instead can put you at risk for developing long-term health issues. When the pressures of caregiving build up, a family caregiver can move from just being stressed to actually suffering from "distress."
Caregiving can be a very rewarding and bonding experience but it can also be very stressful. 31% of family caregivers admit they'd like more help, and 25% actually resent other family members who don't help out more.
The responsibilities and challenges of caring for a loved one can place significant stress on the family caregiver. In fact, this stress can build up to actually cause caregiver distress—a situation where the caregiver may become more susceptible to other health risks such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and increased risk of stroke.
To help family caregivers combat this potential for caregiver distress, Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, has developed this Family Caregiver Stress ReliefSM education program. Here you’ll find helpful resources to identify if you are at potential risk for caregiver distress and lists of reliable resources to get help.
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