Have you experienced chronic stress as a family caregiver? If you’ve felt tired, irritable, unfocused, and despondent, chances are you have been devoting too much of your time and effort into caring for your aging relative and not enough time on yourself. Because being a family caregiver is so emotionally draining and physically tough, it brings on a lot of stress.
Fortunately, you aren’t alone in your struggles—many organizations support the role of family caregivers during National Family Caregiver’s Month and beyond. Take advantage of all the incredible resources available during November to alleviate some of your stress.
Being a family caregiver is a labor of love, but most likely not one you’ve had any training for. You also may not realize all the resources available to you or your elderly relative. Here are some of the things that National Family Caregiver’s Month strives to shine the spotlight upon.
There’s so much to learn about caring for an elderly adult, and it requires a lot of new knowledge. From medical and financial aspects to emotional aspects and more, suddenly you need to be an expert in different areas. The more you can learn about how to deal with every aspect, the more effective you are in your new role.
Emotional Support Groups.
Other caregivers can be a valuable resource for you because most people don’t know what it is like to do the job you are doing for your aging loved one. Many family caregivers struggle with seeing elderly parents decline both physically and mentally. As roles reverse, with parents needing care from adult children, it can create interesting dynamics and unexpected emotions.
Home care providers can help you with the physical part of caring for your aging loved one. While friends and family members are helpful, a reliable, professional home care provider knows what it takes to properly care for an elderly person. Let the home care provider take on some of the more stressful aspects of your day, such as bathing and dressing your aging relative, or doing light housework and laundry. Sharing the burdens with a home care provider makes them lighter for you.
Focus on Your Own Needs.
Family caregivers are at risk of caregiver burnout due to chronic stress. This makes it more important than ever to do some self-care. You need to incorporate important daily and weekly activities like taking time to relax, talking to friends and family, have some fun, recreate, exercise, and watch for signs of depression or anxiety. It’s a mistake to give up on activities that you enjoy or healthy habits that keep you going in favor of caregiving.
As you can see, there are plenty of reasons why family caregivers like you can benefit from National Family Caregivers Month. Don’t hesitate to reach out and learn all you can to become a more effective and balanced caregiver to your aging loved one.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Perry, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida
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