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If You’re Refusing Help as a Caregiver, Ask Yourself Why

Caregiver Stress in Lakewood NJ

Caregiver StressBeing a caregiver is no small task. Even if it’s for a spouse or a parent, you may believe this is something you can do without question. That’s because you want to do this. You want to be there for this family member.

A lot of people take on the role of a family caregiver out of a sense of responsibility, duty, or even feelings of guilt if they consider not doing it. The last thing anyone wants is for a family member to be put in a potentially dangerous situation.

Stopping by to help out doesn’t seem like a big deal.

It’s not, usually, but that’s based on limited factors. An individual who requires assistance getting out of bed, bathing, toileting, preparing meals, going to doctors’ appointments, and much more is a lot different than somebody who only needs help with light housekeeping once or twice a week.

Many family caregivers across the country end up dealing with a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. This becomes a way of life for them. Unfortunately, they don’t see any way out and the last thing they want to do is suddenly leave this person without the help he or she needs.

Then, you have another type of caregiver: the one who refuses help.

Maybe that’s you. Maybe that describes your situation right now. Why are you refusing assistance? Perhaps it depends on the type of assistance you’re being offered.

What if somebody recommended home care aides to help out? This is one of the most common things people shoot down without knowing very much about it. People often have various misconceptions about home care support services, such as it’s too expensive, these caregivers do nothing but neglect and abuse their clients, and more.
For that, it may seem reasonable to refuse help. After all, who wants to put an elderly parent in that type of situation?

Do you know the truth?

If you’re the type of family caregiver who has refused help from professional home care support services, are you certain you’re basing your decision on facts rather than myths and misconceptions? For example, far too many people assume home care is simply too expensive. They might hear the national average costing somewhere north of $40,000 per year. What they don’t calculate in, though, is that’s for full-time, almost around-the-clock care.
You might not need that kind of help for this family member. In fact, with a part-time home care aide and you working together, the quality of care can increase and the stress you’re dealing with can begin to evaporate, a little bit at a time.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Wall, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.

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Judah Schuster LNHA, CDI

Dynamic Administrator at Care Street Home Care
Judah is the administrator of Care Street Home Care Agency servicing central and northern NJ. Care Street provides unique staffing options to allow seniors to age in place- in the comfort of their own home. Judah, who is a certified Dementia instructor, has provided Dementia training to hundreds of families, facilities and clinical staff over the last 3 years. He personally ensures that every employee of Care Street is proficient in Dementia care prior to being hired. This provides piece of mind for families who want to ensure that their loved one with Dementia is being cared for by the most experienced staff.

Prior to assuming his current position, Judah served as assistant administrator at Atlantic Coast Rehab (Lakewood, NJ) as well as Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington, NJ)