Maybe you’re doing this out of a sense of responsibility. Perhaps guilt is driving you. Whatever the case may be, you are a family caregiver. You may not think of this as a job, but that’s exactly what it is. As a job, you should be showing up at the same time or as scheduled. If you aren’t, you are not doing any favors to that person who needs help and it can cause unnecessary stress and anxiety for everyone involved.
If you are a reluctant family caregiver, there are options available.
One of the best to consider is to hire home care support services. A home care agency is one of the best assets for elderly and disabled adults all across the country. Yes, relying on family is a wonderful comfort, but most family caregivers have no direct prior experience doing this work and therefore undergo extreme stress and anxiety.
Some even hide their feelings because of a sense of guilt or concerns about what their other family members might say. For example, a woman in her early 50s may suddenly find herself taking care of her 81-year-old mother. This was something she wanted to do, but as the only remaining family member living in the area, it seemed like her responsibility. Plus, her brothers and other sisters simply expected her to step up and take care of her.
Over time, this woman is going to feel the effects of stress not just physically, but emotionally, mentally, and possibly even professionally. It can affect relationships, work, health, and so many other factors and components in life.
If she is not honest about her feelings, it can affect the quality of care.
When people are stressed, burned out as caregivers, there will likely come a time when they simply don’t want to go over to that person’s house. They call and tell them they won’t be coming. Once they do this the first time, it becomes easier. Maybe that woman’s elderly mother says she’s okay, but deep inside this is causing undue stress for her as well.
It’s necessary to be honest about one’s feelings regarding caregiving and the stress that goes along with it. It’s not just incumbent to the work required, but for the benefit of that caregiver and the person who relies on him or her. For those who are not honest, they may hide the stress well for a while, but its effects will be visible before long.
If your aging loved one is in need of Hospice Care in Easton, PA please contact the caring staff at Serenity Hospice. Call today!(215) 867-5405
A veteran of providing quality healthcare, Michael has served with distinction in a variety of leadership capacities for nearly two decades, notably as administrator for several Skilled Nursing Facilities in New Jersey. Known as an innovative and solution-oriented individual, Michael has his finger on the pulse on new trends and concepts in providing quality care.
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