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Have You Set Limits on Your Time as a Caregiver?

Caregiver Stress

Caregiver Stress

You’re a caregiver. Maybe you don’t think about yourself that way, but if you’re looking after an elderly parent, disabled adult child, or even a close friend who is recovering from a major illness or injuries, that’s exactly what you are. Being a caregiver can produce a tremendous amount of stress. Unfortunately, this is a job yet most people don’t see as such.

They see it as their responsibility.

Maybe you took on this role because you thought it was your duty, your responsibility. It might’ve been for your elderly mother or father. They raised you, helped put you through college, and supported you in many ways. Since you live in the same town, you felt it was your responsibility to do this. Some people even feel guilty if they consider (just consider) not doing anything to help.

Maybe you didn’t see this as a job.

If you did, as few family caregivers to, you might have understood that consistency of schedule, showing up when you say you’ll be there, and doing the things that are necessary, even though you might be completely exhausted after a long day of work and want nothing more than to get home so you can relax for 15 minutes before going to bed, was essential to the process.

When people begin to realize what is absolutely necessary to be a quality caregiver, it starts to eat up more and more of their time. They give up spending time with friends, exercising at the gym, spending evenings with their spouse or significant other, eating healthy, time with their own children, and possibly even time at work.

Many of these family caregivers, when they don’t set limits, keep pushing things and stealing more and more away from the life they used to enjoy. When that happens, stress begins to ramp up.

How can you set limits?

If this aging senior or disabled adult needs help and possibly more and more care as time marches on, how can a person limit their time? After all, if they don’t help them, who will?

Home care agencies are the answer.

Home care aides not only have a great deal of experience, they can also be there for elderly clients when they need them most, whether it’s for a couple of hours in the morning, a few hours in the afternoon, or even all day long.

By leaning on home care support services, family caregivers can begin setting limits on their time and that can reduce stress for both them and the senior in need.


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Christy Swadkins

Christy Swadkins is the owner of Golden Heart Senior Care serving Summerlin and the Las Vegas area.Her personal and professional background brings a unique and rich quality to the care she provides for her clients.

Christy has a M.A. degree in Psychology and has worked helping families for over 25 years. She has worked in various settings including social service agencies, nursing homes and schools. Christy's ultimate professional goal is to use her talents and experience to make a difference in the lives of others.

Several years ago Christy's dad started showing signs of Dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Her family was faced with emotionally challenging decisions and she realized how difficult this situation can be for families. Christy wanted to use her personal experience to support others who are in the process of taking care of their elderly loved ones.

Christy has developed an exceptional support program for those providing care for elderly family members. Educational information and emotional support is available to help families cope with the stress and physical demands of caring for senior loved ones. It is Christy's philosophy that each stage of life is precious and individuals of all ages need to be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.

Christy seeks out Golden Heart team members who demonstrate a nurturing, respectful and professional demeanor.Christy truly appreciates the caregivers who work for Golden Heart and provides them with exceptional educational, emotional and professional support.

Christy is honored to be supporting the families of the Las Vegas valley.