When you were younger, did you ever think you would be a caregiver for your aging mother or father? Probably not. Most people don’t have that on their radar ever, not even when their parents retire, begin showing some signs of age, and begin calling for help every once in a while.
At some point in time, though, you realized your parents needed help.
Perhaps you started this journey by offering assistance every once in a while. Living in the same town or very close by made it seem to make sense that you would take care of them as best as you could.
You might have stopped over to bring your mother to the store, to help your father take the garbage out one day, or to get something down from the attic or up from the basement. It was harmless. It was a little thing. It was “no big deal.”
Then they started calling you for more and more assistance. It might have been small things, large things, and you were always willing to do whatever you could to help out. You want them to be safe.
At some point in time you came to the realization that you had, in fact, become their caregiver. You also realized that being a family caregiver was causing a tremendous amount of stress.
This new life requires adaptation.
You might have given up certain things you used to enjoy, like spending time with your friends once a week, going to the gym, and more. This adaptation, these changes you’ve made, while noble, might not be the best thing.
If you don’t get a handle on your own stress, it’s going to affect you in a major way.
You might not think it could affect you right now, especially if you’re relatively healthy and in your 40s, 50s, or 60s yourself, but prolonged stress and anxiety can affect health, increase the risk of heart attacks, and much more. It can also affect your work, personal relationships, and many other things.
How do you adapt?
You begin to think about other options. Hiring a home care aide, for example, for just a couple of hours a day once or twice a week can be a perfect way to transition from you being their primary caregiver to having somebody with more experience doing this work. Your loved ones may not consider this unless they realize that stress is truly impacting your life in a negative way.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Mt. Laurel, NJ, please contact Always There In Home Health Care at 856-409-5978.
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.