If you’ve been taking care of your elderly mother for a while, you may have begun experiencing some extra stress in life. Stress can affect almost every aspect of life, even when we feel we’re doing something special for a person who means everything to us. No matter the relationship we have with this other individual, taking on the role of a caregiver is a great responsibility.
At first, things may seem relatively simple.
That’s especially true if you are only helping out every once in a while. For example, your mother may have begun struggling with some things around the house. She may have called you to put the patio furniture away before winter. Maybe she called and asked for help getting something up from the basement or down from the attic.
After several weeks of this, though, she started calling you more and more frequently. You live in the same town and after all she’s done for you throughout your life, how could you possibly say no? Yet, as you’ve done more and more to help, you’ve noticed changes in your own life.
You’re starting to get shorter with people.
You find yourself losing your temper a little more frequently lately. Just the other day you might have been at the supermarket, waiting to check out, checking the time constantly on your phone, and then, because you only needed a few items and were on the express checkout line, you started counting the items of the two customers in front of you. When you noticed they had 20 and 28 items, respectively, you made comments.
You left feeling angry and frustrated, as though they just stole hours of your life, and by the time you reached your car you felt guilty. ‘What is happening to me?’ You might have thought.
This is the effect of stress. When people take on this all-important role of family caregiver, they dramatically underestimate just how much pressure it places on their life. It can alter your temper, your relationships, your focus, and much more.
But, what option do you have?
Your mother still needs help, so what can you do? To be honest, there are plenty of options available, and the best, most significant is to rely on home care support services.
A home care aide hired through an agency can offer just a couple of hours once or twice a week to start or full-time, around-the-clock care and support. Whatever you need help with throughout your day, remember that agencies are the best options to look after elderly and disabled individuals at home.
If you are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Allentown, PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Allentown. Call today at (610) 200-6097.
Carole gained most of her formal managerial training by attending Pennsylvania State University in pursuit of her degree in Health Policy and Administration. She attributes her informal training to have been acquired on a more personal level. Carole understands first-hand what families may experience when allowing a home care provider access to their home while providing care to their loved one. She was a caregiver for two of her grandparents until their passing and believes in the importance of allowing family members the opportunity to remain in the comfort of home if they so desire. Carole is also the mother of a child with multiple medical conditions who requires nursing services in the home. It is because of her personal experiences that Carole understands first-hand how important it is to manage a quality, high-integrity home care agency in which clients and families can place their trust and be confident they are receiving the best care possible. Carole also believes in the importance of giving back to the community. Therefore, she volunteers and spear-heads fundraising activities for a variety of charitable and professional organizations, namely the Pennsylvania Home Care Association, Autism Speaks and Avengers Baseball, Inc.
Carole, a resident of Lehigh County, is married and has 2 children. In her free time, she is the “team mom” for her son’s tournament baseball team, enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and is an avid NY Giants, NY Yankees and Penn State football fan. Carol is a verified Google Author
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