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Beach Day: Beat Stress as a Caregiver with a Day at the Beach

Caregiver Stress in Cherry Hill NJ

Caregiver StressWhen was the last time you went out to the beach? It doesn’t matter where you live or if there isn’t beach near you. It could be the beach out by the ocean, on a lake, or even by a riverbank. If you are like millions of other Americans and enjoy spending some quality time outdoors under the glorious sunshine, especially during a warm summer day, it can be a great way to beat stress, even if you’re a caregiver for an aging loved one.

The stress family caregivers face every day.

There are an estimated 44 million family caregivers in United States (Forbes). The vast majority of them take on this role out of a sense of responsibility. Some do it because they feel guilty about the prospect of not looking after their aging parent or other family member.

Most of those family caregivers end up dealing with a tremendous amount of stress as a result of this job they take on. That’s because few even realize it’s a job.

That stress can impact every aspect of life, from personal relationships, work, family, and even finances. Just taking a day off to unwind and escape the regular hustle and bustle of daily life is why so many people go away on vacation at least once a year.

So how can you get a day off?

It’s easy to assume there is no such thing as a day off when you’re a caregiver for an aging family member or other loved one who depends on you. You might feel they can’t cope, are not going to be safe, or they may simply rely on you to help them get out of bed, get dressed, and do a variety of things throughout the day.

There’s no way you would even consider taking a day off for yourself, right? Even so, when you understand the value of a home care aide and that kind of support, you can begin to understand why you can actually take a day off and head out to the beach.

Sit down and talk about it with your loved one.

That elderly family member has every right to determine whether or not they rely on you, other family members, friends, or even professional home care aides. Talk about the need you have for your own benefit, your own time away, and to take care of yourself.

In most situations, they will begin considering home care as an option and when they do and they begin working with a home care aide, they will quickly realize how much more comfortable it might be for them as opposed to simply relying on you all the time.

For home care in Cherry Hill, NJ and the surrounding areas, call and talk to us at Home to Stay Healthcare Solutions (856) 720-0100.

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Andrew Dubler

I am the Owner of Home to Stay of Cherry Hill, NJ. Home to Stay is a licensed New Jersey home care agency, providing full service home care support, both live-in and hourly, for elderly and other NJ clients. Services include: light housekeeping, personal care, meal preparation, family respite, errands, etc. In general, a customized plan is designed with the client’s particular situation in mind. We use NJ State Certified Home Health Care Aides.