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Why, as a Family Caregiver, Are You Flat-Out Refusing Other Help?

Caregiver Stress in Nutley NJ

This is certainly not an easy question for people to answer. You might be a family caregiver and not even realize it. You could be taking care of your elderly mother because you feel that’s something you just need to do. After all, who else is going to help out? Since she lives in the same town, it only makes sense for you to look after her.

However, there are other options available.

Caregiver Stress in Nutley NJ

Caregiver Stress in Nutley NJ

You might have heard about home care support services but never really looked into it more seriously. You assumed that it was just too expensive or you didn’t want to expose your mother to unnecessary risk, especially regarding fraud, abuse, or theft.

There are many misconceptions about home care support services and it’s those myths and misconceptions that cause are too many family caregivers to flat-out refuse any other type of help.

Are you refusing help right now?

It’s an important question to ask. Out of the estimated 44.4 million Americans taking care of elderly or disabled loved ones (Forbes), the vast majority of them feel it’s their responsibility or have extreme feelings of guilt if the even consider not stepping up and helping out.

You might not want someone else looking after your mother because you worry about her safety. You know the challenges she’s facing at the moment. If you had a different family member or friend willing to assist, what would that mean? Would they encourage your mother to go for a walk? Would they somehow convince your mother to begin pursuing certain activities she wants to enjoy?

Your primary focus is in keeping her safe. It’s one of the top reasons why so many family members to step up to take care of their loved ones.

What you don’t realize can be hurtful.

Unless you’ve done this type of work before, you may be ill prepared for the challenges that lay ahead. You also may not be focused as much as you should on your mother’s well-being, quality of life, and level of activity.

She may be extremely limited in her capabilities now, due to her age, health issues, or physical strength, but that doesn’t mean she just wants to sit around doing nothing.

Right now is a good time to evaluate the underlying reasons why you began life as a caregiver. Was it to appease your own feelings of guilt, focusing on your mother’s safety, or something else?

The more stress you’re under as a caregiver, the lower the quality of work you provide and that’s going to not just impair your mother’s health and safety in the future, but probably your relationship with her at some point in time.

It’s always best to consider home care support services instead.

For home care options to reduce caregiver stress in Nutley, NJ, call ComForCare Home Care at 973-287-4718. Serving Caldwell, Clifton, Montclair, Bloomfield, Nutley, Verona, Little Falls, Cedar Grove, Totowa, Essex Fells, Roseland, Glen Ridge, West Paterson, Fairfield, Passaic, Belleville.

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Zack Demopoulos

Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos are the Owners of ComForcare Senior Services of Fairfield, NJ.
Whether it’s in business or in life, finding the right partner is vital to the success of any union.Fortunately, Zack and Phyllis Demopoulos have found the perfect counterparts in each other.After 21 years of marriage, the couple decided to join forces in a new way with ComForcare.Zack had over two decades in healthcare at Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, and Phyllis was a stay-at-home mom of three and former Estée Lauder trainer.Their strong family values and personal experience with helping relatives who required continuous assistance led them to a business
centered on providing top-notch care to those needing it most. ComForcare is committed to providing caregiving, resources and education to families in Northern Essex and Southern Passaic counties.

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