Caregiver Stress in Salisbury NC
Stress is often associated with being a caregiver, especially for a family member. Out of the estimated 44 million family caregivers working in the United States right now, the vast majority of them are taking care of aging parents or disabled children. Most of these caregivers tend to be women (approximately 80 percent) and between the age of 45 and 55.
A growing number of these family caregivers already work a full-time job when they take on this incredible responsibility. That leaves little time to actually provide the support their elderly loved one may require. They may find it difficult to provide the optimal level of care and support and that can lead to increased stress.
They also may not limit the amount of time they devote to their loved one, simply because they feel it’s their responsibility and is something that needs to be done. There are steps that can be taken to help avoid stress as a caregiver from the beginning of the process itself.
Acknowledge your own limits.
Everyone has limitations on their time. It’s a good idea to sit down and figure out how much time you can actually devote to your elderly loved one. Is it two hours a day? Is it two hours every few days? Is it less than that? Is it more?
You want to set aside enough time to continue pursuing your interests, including hobbies and spending time with friends, as well as eating healthy and getting the right level of exercise.
Discuss those limitations with the senior.
You want to make sure you have a clear and honest conversation with the elderly individuals who require support. As long as they know about those limitations, they may be able to arrange their daily routine so that the things they need help with they do when you’re there with them.
Talk about the prospect of hiring a home care aide.
People who rely on a professional and experienced home care aide often experience quite a bit less stress, even if they continue to be a caregiver, if only for a few hours. Seniors should not be forced to accept any type of home care, but when they realize the benefits to relying on an experienced caregiver, they often take on new activities and enjoy a much higher quality of life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Salisbury NC, contact the caring professionals at TenderHearted Home Care today. Call us at (704) 207-0265
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