Taking care of an aging spouse is difficult. That’s especially true when you are of advancing years as well. When people move through their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, they often experience diminishing strength and numerous challenges they are often unprepared to handle.
As a family caregiver, you may be under tremendous stress.
That stress can affect every aspect of your life. Even though you might be retired, no longer having to worry about your employment, stress will affect you emotionally, mentally, and physically. Prolonged stress and anxiety can even lead to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious medical emergencies.
When you realize just how much stress you’re under at the moment, it’s time to sit down and talk about it with your spouse. He or she may simply be completely unaware of how this is directly impacting you in so many ways.
Below are three ways you just might be able to sit down and talk to your spouse about the stress you experience as his or her caregiver.
1. Have a simple conversation over dinner.
Hopefully you two are still sharing nice, quality time together, especially in the evening over dinner. Maybe you talk about family, your children, your grandchildren, friends, and others.
Avoid suddenly jumping into the topic, but inform him or her that there’s something important you need to discuss with them over dinner. Be loving and supportive, understanding that your spouse may get defensive at first.
2. Confide in close friends and family.
Your friends and family are your greatest support system. If they are completely unaware of the stress you experience, you may feel alone. If you talk to them about this, they may become advocates for you in eventually discussing this with your spouse.
Having somebody who commiserates, understands, and supports you can strengthen and embolden you to bring up this potentially touchy subject with your spouse.
3. Seek out other options for support.
You may turn to an adult child who lives in the area to stop over every couple of days, but the best asset when an aging person needs assistance on a regular basis is to rely on a home care agency.
Before talking about this with your spouse, it’s better to learn as much as you can about the services our local home care agency will offer. When you are armed with accurate information, it can be a powerful asset in talking about reducing stress in your own life as a caregiver.
If you or an aging loved one are considering professional Home Care Services in Collierville TN please contact the caring staff at Personal Care Services MidSouth, LLC. Call today! 901-443-1191.
Walter has spent the last five years building PCS MidSouth into a premier Home Care Agency.With three locations in the MidSouth providing services to clients in three states: Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.The company is poise for growth and is expecting to expand its territory in the MidSouth.