Most family caregivers underestimate just how much time they would devote their loved one. It could be for a spouse, elderly parent, or other loved one. Whatever the case may be, maybe you didn’t expect just how much stress you feel now, several weeks or months in.
When you’re dealing with caregiver stress you are probably busier than you ever thought possible. You still need to take care of yourself, no matter how busy you are.
Many don’t seem to have the time.
The vast majority of family caregivers in the United States right now have no prior experience doing this type of work. They have no idea how much support their loved one will require. They simply believe it’s their responsibility and they step up to help out.
After a while, though, you realize how often this family member is calling you for help. They might call you in the morning because they’re having difficulty getting ready for the day. They might call you while you’re at work, cutting into your productivity time and causing some reprimands from your boss.
They may call you in the evening, even just after you left the house, having spent an hour or two there already, because they need you to come back in to do something else for them. It can be absolutely frustrating.
You suddenly start giving up on so many things that are important in your life, including your own health. You may take your eyesight for granted, but don’t. March is Save Your Vision Month and even though you may have perfect vision at the moment, that may not last.
The symptoms can sneak up on you.
Are you getting to the point where it’s difficult for you to drive at night? You might be straining to see down the road, especially on an extremely dark night. Maybe when it rains it’s even worse and you grip the steering wheel so tight you could strangle it if it was alive.
There are many potential vision related problems that can affect people of all ages, whether they have a family history of them or not. Cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration are three of the most common. The risk of developing any of these increases as you get older.
While you’re a busy family caregiver, you still need to make time to take care of yourself properly. That means you should get to your eye care professional for an exam at least every other year, or yearly if you are at an elevated risk of developing certain vision related problems.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to reduce caregiver stress in Lancaster, PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
A long-time resident of Lancaster County, Mary Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband Terry, and their 3 horses and collies. The countless hours of caring for her client and employee-based “family” at work and at home can truly depict the selfless character of Mary Lynne Heller.
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