When you were growing up, what did you want to become? What did you want to do? Some people have the desire to be firefighters, police officers, rock stars, movie stars, parents, or something else. What no one really anticipated doing in life or had any desire to do probably was to take care of an aging parent.
Yet, here you are.
You have become the caregiver for your aging mother. She may be in her 70s, 80s, or 90s, and is dependent on you for many things now. Perhaps you started looking after her and taking care of her after a major medical problem. Maybe you stopped by one afternoon and noticed her having extreme difficulty getting up and down the stairs and took it upon yourself to be there for her at least once or twice a week to help with the laundry, clean the house, go shopping, prepare meals, and more.
Over time, you may have started offering her more and more assistance. Guess what? You became a family caregiver.
This wasn’t something you anticipated in your younger years.
As children, teenagers, young adults, and even as an adult in our 30s and 40s, we may see our parents as being strong, invincible, and never needing any of our help. At some point in time, though, that illusion changes and we begin to realize just how human, frail, and mortal everyone is, including our parents.
For those who live in close proximity to their aging parents or other loved ones, when they notice a problem developing, they often want to be there for him or her. That’s what you were thinking when your mother was hospitalized or you noticed her having difficulty taking care of herself in a safe and healthy manner.
Now that you have become a family caregiver, even if you don’t acknowledge that’s exactly what you are, stress is infiltrating your life.
Most of us already understand the impact that stress can have on us. At the same time, we don’t value things that can reduce stress and help us feel better about life.
As a family caregiver, stress relief is vital.
If you don’t have some outlets, it’s time to get some. If you have a gym membership, make time to get there at least every other day. If you have close friends and haven’t seen them for a while, make an appointment, schedule a date, and just do it.
For those who think they don’t have time for any of this, you need to understand the importance and value of home care support. It can allow you the opportunity to pursue the things that are important to you while still being there for your aging mother or other loved one.
Have questions about home care to reduce caregiver stress in Maui, HI? Contact the caring staff at All Care Hawaii today. Call Oahu (808) 206-8409 or Maui (808) 664-3853. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
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