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Simplify Your Life as a Caregiver for Mom

Caregiver Stress in Allentown PA

Life can certainly be complicated. Even before you took on the role of a caregiver for your mother, you may have had so many things going on it was difficult to keep track of all the appointments, Caregiver-Stress-in-Allentown-PAjobs that were due, sporting events to take children to, and much more.

Now that you’ve become her primary caregiver, you’re likely are experiencing increased stress and anxiety in your life as well. August 1st through the 7th is Simplify Your Life Week and it’s a good reminder that when you have a simpler life, a less hectic schedule, it’s easier to overcome stress and anxiety.

How can you take steps to simplify your life?

The first thing is to look into home care as an option. You may not have even considered home care because you have certain myths and misconceptions about it. You or your mother may have felt it’s just too much of a risk because of the fraud, abuse, theft, and other crimes that are “often committed” against the elderly.

It’s easy to buy into that particular misconception, but the reality is much different; the reality is that the vast majority of caregivers in the United States are kind, compassionate individuals who truly care about their elderly clients. If you hire independently, though, you just don’t know who you’re hiring.

That’s why it’s always best to hire home care aides through agencies because growing numbers of agencies are not only conducting intensive interviews, they’re also checking background and provide training for all new hires.

That would give you an opportunity to spend more time on other aspects of your life, which can help simplify things tremendously.

Another way to simplify your life is to get organized. If you find you were stopping by your mother’s house in the morning one day, on your lunch break the next, and the evening the following day, it’s a lot to keep track of. If you intend to remain her primary caregiver, develop a consistent schedule. Not only will this benefit your because she’ll know when you’re going to be there, it’s also going to benefit you because you won’t feel overwhelmed trying to make time for everything else.

When you simplify your life as a family caregiver, you’ll feel less stress, less anxiety, and be able to enjoy life more. That will have a direct influence on your mother’s quality of life as well, just as relying on an experienced and professional home care aide will.

If you are considering home care in Allentown, PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.

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Carole Chiego

Carole Chiego became a member of the Extended Family Care team in January, 2008. Prior to her role as the Administrator of the Allentown office, she was the Area Director of Operations for a home care company in East Orange, New Jersey. Carole’s extensive experience in home care spans over 17 years. Her work ethic and desire to succeed in the industry are evident in her advancement within the field ranging from Scheduling Coordinator to Medical Records Coordinator to Branch Manager and finally to Administrator and Area Director. She believes assuming these roles has made her a more effective manager.

Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.

Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author

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