Caregiver Stress in Middletown NJ
Before you embark on this new journey in your life, as a family caregiver for your elderly mother or father or some other loved one, you should ask a few questions. These questions, in part, are a bit of a checklist. If you can answer these questions openly and honestly with yourself, you’ll be able to determine whether this is actually something you should consider doing and that would be beneficial for both you and your loved one, or if you should look into other options.
Let’s talk about some of these questions now.
1. Do you have enough time for yourself?
You may not be thinking of yourself at all right now. This loved one needs you. There’s no other way around that simple fact. They may have been injured, gone through major surgery, or are still in the hospital following a medical emergency.
It seems reasonable to at least devote a few weeks to taking care of them once they’re sent home. You want to make sure they’re safe within the comfort of their own house, but what does that mean for your own personal endeavors?
If you don’t have enough time for yourself, you could be facing many challenges in the weeks, months, and maybe even years ahead.
2. Are you both comfortable?
You quickly volunteered to take care of your mother, but that may include assisting her out of bed, into and out of the shower, onto or back up from the toilet, getting dressed, and a number of other personal, more intimate matters. You may be comfortable with the situation, but is she?
You want to make sure this is something you will both be comfortable with, and be as honest as possible about this situation.
3. Is the stress too much?
If you’re already dealing with a ton of stress in your life, guess what? Being a caregiver is only going to exacerbate that stress. If you feel stress free, you’ll begin to feel stressed before long.
It’s the process of caring for a loved one that causes stress and anxiety. You may begin hoping they’re safe when you return home at night, and those worries can make it difficult for you to fall asleep, which will increase the likelihood that stress affects you daily.
4. Do you have support?
Do you have somebody you can talk to? It could be a spouse, friend, or even other family caregivers in your area. When you have support, it will make this job a bit more reasonable for you to take on.
If you don’t feel comfortable, don’t worry. Hiring a home care aide is a cost-effective alternative that can actually be beneficial for not just you, but the senior in your life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Middletown, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Lares Home Care 1-800-781-7435 or 732-566-1112.
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