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3 Reasons a Stressed-Out Caregiver Negatively Impacts Safety for Seniors

Senior Home Safety in Wind Gap PA

When a caregiver is stressed, what is the quality of care they offer? There are millions upon millions of family members taking care of elderly and disabled loved ones, and most of them will deal with caregiver stress at some point in time. For most of them, safety is one of their top priorities.

Senior Home Safety in Wind Gap PA

Senior Home Safety in Wind Gap PA

They want to make sure their family member is safe within the comfort of their own home. They may work full-time jobs and have other responsibilities to take care of daily, but they feel it’s their responsibility to look after their aging family member. It could be a parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, or someone else. Whatever the case may be, the more time they put in as a caregiver, the more likely stress will impact them, and that can have a negative effect on safety for the senior.

Here are three reasons why a family caregiver undergoing a tremendous amount of stress could actually have a negative impact on safety for seniors in need.

Reason #1: A loss of focus.

When people are stressed, they have a lot of things on their mind. It could have something to do with work, a relationship, children, finances, or any number of other things. When overwhelmed with stress, it’s easier to lose focus on tasks at hand.

If a family caregiver is overwhelmed with stress, he or she could forget to do a simple thing at their elderly loved ones house. That simple thing, such as leaving something on the stove and forgetting about it, can lead to a serious safety risk.

Reason #2: A lack of time.

When people are overwhelmed with stress, they usually have a lot of things going on during the day. If they don’t have a lot of time to devote to their elderly family member, they will more likely be in a rush to help them, assist them getting out of bed or into bed, doing laundry, and other tasks.

That lack of time increases the chance they overlook something, forget something, or don’t do something properly. That increases the safety risks exponentially.

Reason #3: Inexperience.

When people are dealing with a tremendous amount of stress in their life, they may not think about their experience levels. It’s easy to assume since there is a close family relationship that taking care of the senior will be easy, but that’s simply not the case.

Ultimately, nothing beats hiring an experienced home care aide to improve safety for an elderly family member in the comfort of their own home.


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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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