Caregiver Stress in Westfield NJ
When you signed on to take care of your mother in her early 80s, you didn’t have any idea of the impact it was going to have on your life. You thought it would be a relatively simple job, requiring only a few hours of your time every week. Quickly, though, you realized just how much support your mother needed and how much time it required.
Not overlooking the stress and anxiety that being a family caregiver can have on your life, you may not have understood the importance of staying organized for yourself. 60 percent of family caregivers in the United States are women. The average age of a family caregiver is around 49.2 (AARP).
You may fit that profile perfectly, which means you’re getting older and will likely have to be more concerned about your health in the future. What happens if some kind of emergency arises and you have to take yourself to the hospital? Would anyone else know where you keep your personal medical information, personal financial information, or what type of support and care your mother needs?
October is Organize Your Medical Information Month and while it’s a good idea to have your personal medical information available in the event of an emergency situation, it’s also a good reminder to have other information ready for just about any scenario you can think of.
Proper planning is the key.
It’s all about proper planning. You may be working a full-time job while taking care of your mother. You may give up a lot of things in your personal life to continue supporting her. After a while, you’ll begin to feel the effects of stress from your work as a family caregiver.
Stress can affect health in many ways, almost all of them negatively. It can increase blood pressure, heart rate, the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other serious medical conditions. It can also make it difficult for you to fall asleep at night.
If you’re not getting proper sleep every night, it will begin affecting your health, leading to a weaker immune system and increased risk of some other serious issues. Not only should you be taking care of yourself, getting exercise, and eating right, you should also be prepared for the possibility that someone may need access to information you have in your head or stuffed in a box or a file, somewhere in your house.
Make sure someone you trust completely knows where to find information that could be essential in the event of an emergency situation.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional home care to reduce caregiver stress in Westfield, NJ, please talk to the caring staff at Generations Home Health Care today. Providing Home Care in Somerset, Essex, Union, Morris and Hunterdon Counties. Call us today at (908) 290-0691 or (973) 241-4534.
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