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Keeping Balance in Life Is the Best Way to Combat Stress as a Caregiver

Caregiver Stress in Philadelphia PA

If you’re trying to find ways to combat stress as a caregiver, one of the best ways to do that is by maintaining proper balance in life. What does it mean to have balance in life? It means blending your work life with hobbies or other areas of interest that are important to you.Caregiver-Stress-in-Philadelphia-PA

But your loved one is important, too.

You have a full-time job, are taking care of your elderly mother, and that basically doesn’t leave any extra time for you. Your loved one (your mother) is important to you. So how can you create balance and still pursue those things you had to give up and make sure your mother is safe and comfortable within her own home environment?

That’s one of the biggest challenges family caregivers face.

Far too many family members feel it’s their responsibility, or job, so to speak, to take care of their parents as they get older. After all, considering everything their mother and father did for them growing up, wouldn’t it stand to reason that supporting them and taking care of them in their Golden Years is something they should do?

It’s one of the primary motivators, but it doesn’t do anything to alleviate stress as a family caregiver. Just because you’re taking care of somebody you’ve known all your life, somebody who was there for you through every high and low, every success and failure, that doesn’t mean you will escape the stress and anxiety that comes with caring for an elderly individual.

So how can you keep balance?

Hiring a home care aide is one of the most effective ways to maintain balance in life for family caregivers. This doesn’t mean you have to hire a caregiver from an agency for full-time care. Consider a couple of hours one or two days a week to start.

That can give you an opportunity to continue pursuing things you enjoy, things that are important to you, that will bring you balance. It will also give your mother or father the chance to see what it’s like working with a compassionate, kind, caring individual who has prior experience doing this type of work.

Relying on a home care aide can also help you and your loved one avoid uncomfortable situations, such as when they need help getting dressed, getting into or out of the shower, or with other personal, intimate matters.

Maintaining balance in life is the best way to avoid stress.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care services in Philadelphia, PA, contact the caring professionals at Reliant At Home Care today 610-200-6075.

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Cerie Goldenberg, MSW,LSW

Cerie Goldenberg- My name is Cerie Fish Goldenberg. I have dedicated all 40 years of my professional life practicing Social Work in Montgomery County, PA.I earned aMasters Degree of Social Work from the University of Toronto and I am a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania.I was an active participant in the growth of Montgomery County Office on Aging and Adult Service developing needed services and resources for both younger and older adults.

After40 years of being a problem solver and advocate for those in need including my parents who lived into their 90’s and chose to remain in their home, I remain passionate about providing the highest level of service possible to those individuals for whom we are providing care.It is my vision that those of us who choose to remain in their home to be given the opportunity to do so in a safe and dignified manner. Hence the birth or Reliant at Home Care.

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