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Caring For Yourself While Caring For Others

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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, 31% of family caregivers admit they'd like more help.

The first step in dealing with caregiver stress is to recognize the physical signs.

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Stressed out caregiver with his hand on his head.

Toll of Caregiving Widespread, Study Says

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.

Five Tips to Find Balance as a Family Caregiver

Screening offers support

Screening Offers Support for Caregivers

Family caregivers, particularly those who are caring for seniors with dementia, face potentially debilitating stress. A screening program, and professional respite care, offer support.

Mary Alexander

Caregiver StressMeter

To help you determine what level of stress you may be experiencing in your role as a caregiver, a group of leading eldercare and caregiver stress experts have developed this brief survey.

Alzheimer's caregiver needs break

8 Red Flags That an Alzheimer's Caregiver Needs a Break

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

Spousal caregiving may becoming risky

Signs that Spousal Caregiving May Be Becoming Too Risky for You

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

Caregiving can take emotional toll

Emotional Signs of Caregiver Stress

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.

Physical signs of caregiver stress

Physical Signs of Caregiver Stress

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?

Stressed out middle-aged woman.

Study Shows 'Sandwich Generation' Women Don't Know Where to Go For Help

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.

Caregiver relaxing by reading a book.

Caregiving Load Can Become Heavy

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®, whose CAREGiversSM are equipped to step in and lend a helping hand whenever it’s needed.

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