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Eventually, the Need to Care for a Loved One Will End: How to Move On

There are plenty of reasons why a family caregiver may no longer be necessary. The one thing a lot of people unfortunately focus on first is that would mean their loved one was no longer around. In reality, home care support can be ideal for just a few weeks, a couple of months, or for long-term care, which could mean several years or even the rest of a person’s life.

Caregiver Stress in Wind Gap PA: Moving on From Life as a Caregiver

Caregiver Stress in Wind Gap PA: Moving on From Life as a Caregiver

No matter whether an aging parent, spouse, or other loved one requires some level of assistance, for just a few weeks, a couple of years, or the rest of their life, eventually it will end.

Why would it end?

That all depends on the situation. For some, it could mean that they regained enough strength, mobility, and stamina to take care of themselves without any issues. For others, it could mean moving into a different environment, either because of extreme physical duress or other health issues. Still, for others, it could be the result of the end of life.

How can family caregivers move on?

The longer a person has been looking after an aging or disabled family member, the more difficult it might seem to get on with their normal life, at least the life they had before this individual needed assistance.

It’s important to reconnect.

Human beings are social creatures and many of these family caregivers undergo a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety and as a part of this job, they may lose touch with friends. When they lose touch, it only exacerbates and compounds the stress they feel in everyday life.

Looking to the future can often remind people to stay in close communication with these friends and other family members. A simple call, email, text message, or letter can be a great way for any number of these family caregivers to reach out and stay connected.

It’s also a good idea to get back into hobbies and areas of interest.

Whether that family caregiver enjoys playing sports with their friends, going to the gym, checking out some conventions and flea markets, or anything else, they should begin to explore these once again.

In the meantime, if that individual still requires direct assistance, considering home care options is a great idea. It can alleviate a tremendous amount of stress some of these family caregivers often feel every single day.


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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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