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The Right Support Makes a World of Difference for Struggling Family Caregivers

Caregiver Stress

Caregiver Stress

Most of us struggle with many things in life. One thing that people don’t think much about until they are in the midst of it is the struggle of being a family caregiver. It could be for an adult child who was injured in an accident or who underwent surgery and needs support getting around. It could be for a spouse following a medical emergency. Or, it could be for an aging parent whose strength has declined to the point where he or she is not quite as safe as they used to be in taking care of themselves.

This support can be essential.

This kind of support from family caregivers could be the reason why men and women all across the country have the opportunity to remain where they are, where they’re most comfortable: in their home. With the stress of life as a family caregiver, these men and women also need support.

Many family caregivers struggle daily.

Often, though, their struggles are hidden. They might talk about it with a spouse or a best friend, but over time, if they are not heeding the advice of those friends and family members, if they are not taking the stress they’re under seriously, it could lead to that support system giving up.

Before they know it, they are alone. They have no one to talk to. They go home completely worn out, try to scrape off the day’s rigors in a shower, crawl into bed, and have extreme difficulty falling asleep.

What could be a wonderful support for family caregivers?

Other caregivers. By sharing these challenges, by offering strategies that have worked and discussing things that are going wrong, people can connect to other men and women who have intimate knowledge and are quite familiar with this type of situation and that provides a sense of community.

Yes, family and friends certainly want to help, but if they feel their advice, their suggestions, or their urging to consider hiring home care support to at least assist is going unheeded and ignored, they may give up over time. Even if a family caregiver has the support of their spouse, siblings, parents, children, and others, it can still be incredibly beneficial to reach out and connect with other caregivers.

It’s not about ‘misery loving company,’ but rather about sharing in this journey with others who know exactly what the caregiver is going through at the moment. Home care aides and experienced family caregivers can offer incredible insight that can improve the quality of care, quality of life for both, and possibly even the relationship that family caregiver has with the one who needs support.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Gretna, NE, please contact the caring staff at Seniors Helping Seniors® Greater Omaha at (402) 215-0308 today.

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Denise Moser

Denise Moser is the Executive Director at Seniors Helping Seniors® Greater Omaha.Born and raised in Omaha, she is working to give the community something her family didn’t have access to while growing up – affordable in-home care services for older loved ones.She is dedicated to helping families by providing the support needed to keep aging loved ones in their homes for as long as possible.Seniors Helping Seniors® provides companion and homemaker services to seniors who want to age in place by matching seniors who need help with seniors who want to help.Denise’s office serves the Greater Omaha area.