Taking care of and supporting an aging parent is not easy. Most people have a tendency to do this out of a sense of responsibility; they assume this is their job. After all, this parent supported them during childhood and probably even into their early adult life, despite many mistakes this caregiver had made initially.
The vast majority of these family caregivers are going to experience stress and anxiety. It’s part of the job, even though very few of these men and women really think about the support they offer as a job.
What happens when people experience this level of stress?
It can affect their health. It can affect their relationships. It can affect their work life. It can even affect every other aspect of life. Prolonged stress and anxiety can lead to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious health issues. It can cause people to start snapping at one another, yelling at people for no apparent reason, and even for a spouse or best friend to throw their hands up in the air and walk away, at least for a while.
Unfortunately, sometimes ‘a while’ is a little bit more than that.
There’s no need to keep doing this alone enduring the stress that comes with the territory of being a family caregiver.
What is the solution?
Hire home care support services. A home care aide is one of the best assets for men and women of all ages who have difficulty with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). An experienced and qualified home care aide can support an elderly client in early morning routine activities like getting out of bed, taking a shower, using the bathroom, getting dressed, preparing breakfast, and so on.
These aides can also provide transportation for their clients to go to a doctor’s appointment or possibly to the store to do some shopping. Many of these professional and experienced caregivers also provide support in the evening, helping with meal preparation, light housekeeping, assisting with the laundry, and helping their clients get ready for and into bed.
Family caregivers don’t need to rely on home care aides exclusively.
This is a common misconception people have. These men and women can still support their aging parents and other family members, but by calling on the services of a home care agency, they can get a couple of hours to themselves once a week, twice a week, or even every day. Over time, though, many seniors and their families realize just how beneficial home care is and they ultimately increase those hours, thus improving quality of life for the family caregiver and senior client.
For home care to reduce caregiver stress in Clifton, 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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