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Few Family Caregivers Actually See This Coming

Caregiver Stress in Wind Gap PA

If a person was told exactly what to expect, that stress, anxiety, and a host of other challenges were about to crash into their life if they agree to do a certain type of job, how many would actually go through with it? Most people would likely admit they wouldn’t go anywhere near that type of job, unless perhaps it paid an awful lot of money that would allow them to retire early and enjoy life for the rest of their years.

Caregiver Stress in Wind Gap PA

Caregiver Stress in Wind Gap PA

Stress, anxiety, and numerous challenges are waiting for just about any family caregiver who begins supporting a loved one. It could be a disabled adult child, elderly parent, grandparent, or other family member. Far too often people jump at the opportunity to take care of their loved ones.

Some people do it out of a sense of responsibility or guilt. 

A person’s motivation is entirely their own. Some people are motivated by a sense of duty. They feel like it’s their responsibility to take care of an aging parent or other loved one. Parents often believe it’s their responsibility to care for a disabled adult child, such as one who was injured in an accident or during service in the military.

There may be cultural aspects that come into play with regard to becoming a family caregiver. Others do it out of sense of guilt. They may be reluctant to even offer their services, but a brother or sister or some other family members could ask them simply, “But you live right down the street. Why can’t you take care of her? Why are you being so selfish?”

Suddenly thoughts begin creeping into their mind making them question whether or not they are truly being selfish by not wanting to be a primary caregiver.

What do these family caregivers not see coming? 

When people willfully volunteer to take care of an elderly or disabled loved one or do so with some reluctance, they often see it as a simple job. They can just stop by a couple of days a week, check in on the person, help them with a few things around the house, and then go home.

The problem is, when people begin receiving this type of support, they have a tendency to rely on it more and more often. That’s where stress and anxiety come into play.

The family caregiver has less and less time to devote to his or her own life and will begin to feel more stress and pressure to make sure their loved one is safe, comfortable, and has everything he or she needs.

The best thing anyone can do is investigate home care options for the future. It’s the most affordable senior care available and can provide more comfort, security, and a higher quality of life for the senior in the future.


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Vicki & Brian Day

Home Helpers of Northern Lehigh Valley is locally owned and operated by Vicki Crow and Brian Day. We have experience and knowledge of issues that seniors and their families face every day. Prior to owning Home Helpers, we had over 40 combined years of sales and business experience. We experienced firsthand the value of professional in-home care and our ownership of Home Helpers is our way of providing senior care services to families in the Northern Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. We provide the same level of care and attention to detail that we would expect for our own family. We chose to get involved with non-medical home care based on personal experiences that both myself and my husband experienced with our grandparents.My grandmother lived alone and my father lived over 500 miles away, when she suffered a stroke she needed extra help around the house.My father and his brother were able to find a care giver that would come in and help around the house, provided companionship and above all else a safety net for my father and my uncle to know someone was checking in on Grandma.When Grandma suffered a second stroke, the caregiver found her and got her the help she needed. We know there are a lot of families like ours that need that peace of mind of knowing someone is helping a loved one when they can't be there.

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