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4 Signs You Need Help as a Family Caregiver

Caregiver Stress in Mt. Laurel NJ

Caregiver Stress When you’re in the middle of a situation, mired in stress and anxiety, it can be incredibly difficult to realize just how much help you might need. Some people have a difficult time asking for help because they may see it as their own personal failure.

For the person caring for an elderly family member, they are, in fact, a caregiver. That type of job can lead to stress, no matter how much prior experience they had supporting seniors or other adults who required assistance throughout the day.

That stress can lead to anxiety, panic attacks, relationship problems, work related issues, and much more. It can build up slowly, to the point where you may not even realize it’s happening at the moment.

If you’re a family caregiver, consider these four signs that may very well indicate you need help. The best place to turn for help is to hire a professional and experienced home care aide through an agency.

Sign #1: You’re losing your patience.

When you’re getting frustrated, losing your temper more often, and having a difficult time maintaining healthy relationships, it’s usually a sign of extreme stress. The more extreme stress is in your life, the more it’s going to impact your relationships.

If you find that you’re getting frustrated and angry more often lately, step back and try to recognize why. In most cases, you’ll discover stress is the root cause.

Sign #2: The relationship between you and your family member is strained.

You might be providing support for your aging mother, and while you may have enjoyed a great relationship through the years, things are different now. You recognize the relationship has become strained. As a result, it can make it more difficult for you and her to continue with this ‘working relationship.’The best thing to do at this point is talk about home care as an option.

Sign #3: You wish you had somebody to talk to.

You might have plenty of friends and even a best friend to whom you can talk about nearly anything, but you realize they haven’t returned your phone calls, don’t seem to be around anymore, and you’re wondering why.

Maybe they tried reaching out to you for months and even years while you are a family caregiver, but you were just too busy to make time for them. People move on. They get hurt and step back and away from the relationship. If you suddenly find you have no one to talk to, that’s a pretty good sign you might need some assistance.

Sign #4: Your job is in jeopardy.

Whether it’s a career, a part-time job, or several part-time jobs, you may find showing
up late, leaving early, or being distracted is a liability.

If you worry about your job, what can you do? The answer is simple: hire a home care aide to at least help out a few hours a day. That can alleviate stress and help you focus on other important aspects of your life.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Mt. Laurel, NJ, please contact Always There In Home Health Care at 856-409-5978.

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Mariela McCarrie

Mariela Vila Mc Carrie started Always There in Home Health Care 8 years ago inspired by her mother, who today stills sufferers with vesicular dementia.

As a family owned and run home care company she had to make several big decisions, whether to invest in a franchise or explore other options?

For Mariela after reviewing the restrictions and cost’s associated with a franchise the decision was easy the care she wanted to offer her clients should not be based on monthly franchise payment it should be based on the client’s needs.

At Always There we only hire the most qualified caregivers and in order to do that we offer an excellent starting salary. We would rather pay caregivers then a franchise company.

Mariela as the owner of Always There and unlike other owners of home care agencies, she visits every client first. We believe that if the owner cannot take the time to visit a family wanting to discuss home care for their loved then they don’t deserve the privilege of caring for that person.

As a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Certified Senior Advisor Mariela and her team of certified caregivers have provided care to families throughout south Jersey with over 60% of our clients requesting live-in care.

When deciding if homecare is right for you and your family be sure to consider the number of years a company/office has in the industry, whether or not the owners make themselves personally available 24 hours 7 days a week and most important do they only employ certified professionals to care for your loved one. After all They deserve it.