Caregiver Stress in Raleigh NC
It’s not always easy to ask for help, especially when you’re struggling and feel this is something you should be able to do on your own. If you’re a caregiver for an aging loved one, such as your mother or father, you may have assumed this is going to be a relatively easy job. Over time, though, you realize just how much stress can be associated with being a caregiver.
Asking for help is an important aspect of not only taking care of yourself but also continuing to provide the right level of support and care for the senior who needs it. Those who don’t reach out and ask for help will have a tendency to feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, and that can shorten tempers, reduce the quality of care, and increase other health related issues.
The impact stress can have on a person.
Stress can cause somebody who is considered a relatively mild-mannered individual to become short tempered and angry. Stress can also affect physical health. When a person is dealing with stress, the body is releasing increased levels of adrenaline as a direct result of the Fight or Flight mechanism that is built into each and every one of us.
Even though these stressful situations are not actually life or death, the body doesn’t really understand the difference. It senses a threat and responds accordingly.
Prolonged stress can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke, among other serious health issues. Getting the right level of support and assistance can help alleviate at least some level of stress people feel, including family caregivers.
Here are three ways you can potentially ask for help if and when you need it.
1. Be direct.
Some people have a tendency to try and beat around the bush if they feel others will judge them negatively when they can’t ‘handle the situation.’ Being a family caregiver may have seemed like a relatively easy job at first, but it’s not.
The best thing you can do in this particular situation is to be open and honest and direct with your family. Let them know the struggles you’re facing and they’ll likely help you find a reasonable solution.
2. Talk to the senior.
Your elderly loved one cares about you in the same way you care about him or her. Explain the stress you’re under and why it would be so beneficial to rely on a home care aide, at least for a couple of days a week. That will give you just enough time to devote to your own hobbies and interests, including getting some exercise to alleviate some of that stress.
3. Place a limit on the time you devote to the senior.
If you don’t set a limit on how much time you are going to work with this elderly individual, it will likely lead to more and more time on your part.
Set a limit and if the senior requires more assistance than you can provide in that amount of time, they need to think of other options, including the best one which happens to be hiring an experienced and professional home care aide through an agency.
If you or an aging loved one are looking for elderly care services in Raleigh, NC, call Helping Hands of America at (919) 632-8891. Call today!
Mr. Densmore has over 30 years of comprehensive sales and marketing experience including over 13 years of operational home care experience. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Marketing.
Mr. Densmore is active in many business and industry associations. He is a member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and has served on the board for the Alzheimer’s Association Eastern NC chapter. His home care agency is the agency of choice for the State of NC, Duke University and Duke Medical, UNC and UNC Healthcare, WakeMed hospital, Rex hospital, Duke/Raleigh Community hospital, and Duke Energy.He has been an invited speaker at several industry conferences and recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.
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