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Identifying Caregiver Stress Is the First Step to Avoiding Burnout

Most of us, at one time or another, undergo a tremendous amount of stress. It could be work-related, dealing with a move, the loss of a family member or friend, or something else. Some people undergo a tremendous amount of stress when they support and care for an aging parent, spouse, or other individual.

Caregiver Stress in Linden NJ: Identifying Caregiver Stress

Caregiver Stress in Linden NJ: Identifying Caregiver Stress

Caregiver stress can lead to burning out.

Caregiver burnout is when a person who is supporting another individual, somebody who usually requires physical or emotional assistance due to a medical emergency or the natural process of aging, suddenly can’t take it anymore.

The result of caregiver burnout can be devastating.

It can lead to the caregiver not showing up at all. That individual, senior, or disabled adult, may not have any clue they won’t be getting help. They may be expecting this individual to show up at a specific time, but the minutes pass, then an hour, and more. What if that individual requires assistance just getting out of bed but their primary caregiver, who might be an adult child or spouse, is nowhere to be found?

In order to avoid burnout, it’s important to identify caregiver stress.

Let’s talk about some of the most common symptoms of stress, at least associated with life as a caregiver, whether the individual is being paid for this type of work or not.

The first sign of caregiver stress will be the idea that this is all they do.

Whether the individual works a full-time job, several part-time jobs, or is a stay-at-home parent whose children are now out of the house, feeling as though being a caregiver to this elderly person is all they do, day after day, that’s a good sign of stress beginning to take its toll.

The second sign of caregiver stress is not caring about much anymore.

When people reach a point just before burning out, they often experience this notion that they just don’t care about anything anymore. If a caregiver has reached this point, it could be tomorrow or even later this evening when they just can’t take it anymore. They think enough is enough and don’t stop by.

Another sign of caregiver stress is feeling all alone.

When friends and other family are no longer returning calls, haven’t checked in with this individual for a while, or don’t seem interested to hear about their problems, the caregiver may have pushed them aside and now suddenly feels the acute effects of the loneliness they have created.

Anyone who can identify caregiver stress before burning out will understand the value in relying on home care services to alleviate at least a significant portion of that stress.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to reduce caregiver stress in Linden, NJ, call the caring staff at Helping Hands Home Care today at 908-418-4299. Providing Home Care Services in all of Northern and Central NJ, including Clark, Westfield, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Rahway, Linden, Summit, Edison, Elizabeth, Mountainside and the surrounding areas.

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Robert D'Arienzo

After graduating from Seton Hall University with a BS in finance Helping Hands Homecare’s Owner / President, Robert D’Arienzo, went to work on Wall St. for six years. However, after Robert’s grandmother became ill with stomach cancer Robert and his family needed to find assistance in the home for her. After many trials and tribulations Robert could see that there was a great need for quality home care services here in NJ and loved the idea of being able to assist other families who were going through what his family went through with his beloved grandmother.

Thus, Robert had found his passion. After almost a year of preparation Robert opened Helping Hands Homecare in 2003. Robert wanted Helping Hands Homecare to focus on providing the highest quality of caregivers, exceptional customer service, and providing a service that familys could depend on in their time of need. Since then Helping Hands has assisted hundreds of individuals with the simplest of needs to more complex cases while preserving those standards set out many years ago.

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