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How Can You Build a Support Team When You’re a One-Person Caregiving Force?

Caregiver Stress in New Brunswick NJ

Caregiver StressOkay, you’ve already heard about how important it is to build some kind of support system, especially as a family caregiver. Yet, even though you know about its importance, you have questions, most notably how can you possibly do that when you have no time for anything else?

The time conundrum for family caregivers.

Most family caregivers end up feeling like their back is against the wall. At some point in time they believe they have no more time to do anything. As a result, how would it even be possible to build some kind of support team?

It’s never too late.

One of the most important things any family caregiver can do is to realize it’s not too late. No matter what kind of stress and anxiety they may be dealing with at the moment, no matter how little time they feel they have, they can build a support team in just a few simple steps.

Sit down and talk about home care services.

The first thing to do is discuss home care services. This doesn’t mean talking it over with other family members, but rather with the senior or disabled adult who would be depending on them daily or once a week or somewhere in between.

Now, here are a few other things to consider.

1. Realize your limitations.
Know your limitations before you reach them. If you’ve already reached them, then take an honest assessment about how much more you can deal with. When you do, the notion of building a stronger support team becomes more pressing.

2. Recognize the needs your loved one has.
Whether it’s an elderly parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, or someone else, make sure you’re clear about their needs.

You may have certain assumptions, but you want to be sure you have their best interest at heart at all times.

3. Be honest with yourself.
You’re not doing anyone any favors if you’re lying to yourself or overestimating your abilities to keep calm in difficult situations and regarding the time you actually have to devote to this task.

4. Understand more about home care services.
The more you know about home care aides and the support they offer, the easier it’s going to be for you to convince the senior and maybe even the rest your family that this is how you begin building a strong support team.
By having an experienced home care aide and even the entire agency behind you, a lot of stress and anxiety you feel can begin to slip away.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in New Brunswick, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care of New Brunswick today. Call (732) 607-8870.

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Judah Schuster LNHA, CDI

Dynamic Administrator at Care Street Home Care
Judah is the administrator of Care Street Home Care Agency servicing central and northern NJ. Care Street provides unique staffing options to allow seniors to age in place- in the comfort of their own home. Judah, who is a certified Dementia instructor, has provided Dementia training to hundreds of families, facilities and clinical staff over the last 3 years. He personally ensures that every employee of Care Street is proficient in Dementia care prior to being hired. This provides piece of mind for families who want to ensure that their loved one with Dementia is being cared for by the most experienced staff.

Prior to assuming his current position, Judah served as assistant administrator at Atlantic Coast Rehab (Lakewood, NJ) as well as Hunterdon Care Center (Flemington, NJ)