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When the Motivation to Care for an Aging Parent Loses Out to the Stress It Causes

At first, Rachel was more than happy to help her mother. At 76 and living alone, Rachel knew she was having some difficulties with her health and mobility. She had been doing some things -running some errands- for her for several years, but she never considered herself a caregiver.

When her mother had been hospitalized and ultimately discharged, things had changed dramatically. Rachel was being called on more frequently, and because she lived right down the road, she didn’t see it as a problem.

Caregiver Stress in Mt. Laurel NJ: Losing Motivation

Caregiver Stress in Mt. Laurel NJ: Losing Motivation

She was motivated to help her mother as much as she needed.

Her mother had been there for her for so many years. She had never wavered in her support and Rachel wanted to return that gift. Unfortunately, with Rachel’s full-time career, other family obligations, her desire to stay in great physical condition through exercise, and focus on friendships, her time was thin as it was.

After a while, she became overwhelmed with stress and anxiety. It seemed like every recommendation she made to her mother was being met with resistance. She also noticed her mother taking too many unnecessary risks, as she saw it. The motivation she had to help was beginning to give way to the stress that was overwhelming her. She didn’t know how much more she could take.

Caregiver stress affects almost every family caregiver at one time or another, especially when the need for support goes on for several months. Rachel was feeling the effects of stress in her work life, her personal relationships, and even her physical health. She had stopped exercising, wasn’t eating as healthy as she used to, and the last time she got together with some of her best friends was many months ago.

She started arguing more with her mother, getting frustrated and snapping too easily, and this was causing tension she never experienced before with her. She knew something needed to change, but she had no clue what that could be.

Rachel needed to know about home care support.

Rachel, in the back of her mind, knew that home care aides were available, but she knew nothing about them. The only perception she had was a negative one because of things she read in the local newspapers or national media.

She didn’t know that the vast majority of caregivers, especially those who work for agencies, are honest, compassionate, and filled with integrity. She also didn’t have any idea how important experience could be to maintain a high quality of life and keep seniors safe at home. She also didn’t realize how much a home care aide could help reduce the stress she felt in her own life.

For home care to reduce caregiver stress in Mt. Laurel, 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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