Let’s make one thing perfectly clear: taking care of an aging or disabled adult in your family is going to cause stress. You might not consider yourself a caregiver, but if you help somebody with certain basic tasks and it becomes a consistent thing, even if it’s just during recovery from a major medical emergency or surgery, that’s exactly what you are. Stress comes with the territory of being a family caregiver, but there are ways to help reduce the pressure that could lead to anxiety, sleepless nights, and strained relationships.
First, consider the support of home care services.
Hiring a home care aide is one of the best decisions a person can make when they need support and care on a regular basis. If an elderly or disabled adult family member has trouble getting out of bed, can’t take the garbage out, no longer drives and spends most of their time at home alone, or even has difficulty getting up and down stairs, a home care aide can be a wonderful asset.
Many family caregivers don’t even think much about home care aides because they assume this is their job, their responsibility. Agencies provide incredible flexibility that allows these family caregivers to continue supporting this individual, but also the opportunity to refresh and recharge while somebody else is looking after that elderly client.
Second, connect with other caregivers.
There are numerous support groups across the country comprised of men and women who are supporting aging parents, disabled spouses, and even children who might be dealing with incredible physical, emotional, or mental challenges that make it practically impossible for them to take care of themselves.
These support groups offer insight into various strategies, tips, and ideas to not just reduce stress, but also improve the quality of care and support offered. When people are surrounded by others who are going through (or have gone through) the same exact circumstances they are dealing with at the moment, it can be comforting. On top of that level of comfort (knowing you’re not alone in this) is the opportunity to gain insight and improve quality of support and care for those in need.
Throughout most communities across the country these support groups exist. It may not be easy to find them, but the internet provides a great resource in which to begin the search. For those just beginning this journey, realize the value in home care aides and agencies and make sure you lean on them, especially when stress begins taking over your life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Mercerville, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
Care Street Home Health Care LLC is a division of Ocean Healthcare, a network of New Jersey-based healthcare centers and services founded in 1973 by Melvin and Debbie Feigenbaum. Melvin and Debbie both came from warm, close-knit backgrounds that emphasize the centrality of family. The values of respect, responsibility, and dignity run deep in the Feigenbaum family; they share a strong sensitivity to the importance of caring for others, particularly the elderly and disabled.
The Care Street mission is straightforward and compelling: to provide a comprehensive range of the highest quality home health services in a professional and efficient manner that will enhance our clients' quality of life and empower families to keep their loved one at home.
Care Street has earned a reputation of excellence among hundreds of families, and is recommended by medical professionals and hospital discharge planners throughout the State.
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