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A Few Lessons Some Family Caregivers Learn Through the Process

Caregiver Stress in Mt. Laurel NJ

Caregiver StressThere are plenty of opportunities in life to learn new things. Often, we learn things when we least expect to. We even learn things during situations we thought we would be able to handle differently. For those who may be taking care of an aging family member, they will likely learn a number of lessons through the process.

It’s not easy.

One of the first and most obvious lessons family caregivers learn, especially when undergoing a tremendous amount of stress, is that this is not an easy job. It may have seemed easy from the outside, and perhaps that’s why a particular family member agreed to take care of a loved one, but after a couple of days or weeks, the phone won’t stop ringing, the senior constantly needs help, and concerns about their safety never allow that family caregiver to rest.

You don’t always know what’s best.

Some people get it in their mind that they know what’s best for their loved ones. They make assumptions about what they need or how to keep them safe in the most effective way.

At first, offering the suggestions or discouraging the senior from certain activities might seem easy, but eventually if the senior is getting frustrated by being told what they can or can’t do, it will lead to confrontation.

Family members don’t always know what’s best, even though they think they do. What’s best is to be able to listen to what the senior has to say and figure out a way to maintain a high quality of life while also keeping them safe.

Communication is tougher than you thought.

Most of us take communication for granted. We assume we communicate fine because we call people, talk to them on the phone, and have conversations. However, how good are your listening skills?

When we feel we know it’s best or we are volunteering our precious time, it often lends to this sense the other person, the senior in this case, should just do whatever we instruct them to do.

True communication involves more listening, paying attention to what the other person has to say, and accepting their points of view, even if we don’t agree with them. It’s a difficult skill to develop.

It can harm relationships.

Being a family caregiver, especially under a tremendous amount of stress, can impact relationships. It can not only impact the relationship with the senior and the caregiver, but the caregiver’s spouse, partner, friends, coworkers, and more.

It definitely leads to stress.

Before long, most family caregivers feel a tremendous amount of stress, anxiety, and pressure on their life. They didn’t expect this when they first started taking care of this loved one.
Once these family caregivers learn these lessons, the way out is to consider home care support services.

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.