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Three Reasons So Many Family Caregivers Push Beyond the Stress

Caregiver Stress in Cherry Hill NJ

What is it about taking care of an elderly family member that drives so many people to do this type of work? There are an estimated 44 million family members taking care of elderly and disabled loved ones at home, according to Forbes.

Caregiver Stress in Cherry Hill NJ

Caregiver Stress in Cherry Hill NJ

What isn’t often reported in these types of disclosures is the amount of stress and anxiety these family caregivers deal with daily. Far too many of these family caregivers end up dealing with stress on a daily basis that starts to impact their other relationships, their marriage, their work, and much more.

What is it about being a family caregiver that drives so many?

It’s easy to understand why people want to look after their elderly parents, grandparents, or other loved ones, but most of these individuals don’t realize how stressful the job is going to be.

They don’t even consider it a job at first. They might view it as their responsibility or assume everyone else expects them to step up and take care of that individual. Let’s explore three possible reasons why far too many family caregivers keep doing this work, even when stress is affecting their health, relationships, and careers.

Reason #1: They feel it’s their responsibility.

This is one of the driving forces for so many of these caregivers. They think this is their responsibility. They know their elderly parent supported them when they were growing up and during their early adult life. They think if they don’t step up they’re letting them down.

When a person thinks something is their responsibility, they’re much less likely to look into other options, including home care support services.

Reason #2: They don’t think there are options.

Some people simply don’t know that home care is the best senior care option available and that it’s highly affordable. A person hired through an agency might be able to work just two hours a day once or twice a week to start. That is certainly affordable.

Reason #3: Guilt.

This is also a driving factor for so many people. Even if they’re incredibly busy, have very little free time, or live an hour’s drive away from their loved one, if they don’t step up and take care of them, they might feel guilty on their own or have other family members or friends of their loved one calling to find out why they aren’t stepping up.

Guilt can cause people to do many things, including those things that aren’t the best for them or those around them. Considering a home care aide is the best option for any person worried about a disabled or aging family member.

For home care options to reduce caregiver stress 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.

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