Stress is something that most people anticipate when they take on the role of being a family caregiver for an elderly adult. Some stress is perfectly normal in daily life, but when the stress becomes excessive or you feel as though you are controlled by your stress, it can cause serious consequences for your personal health and well-being, as well as for the care that you give to your senior. While anyone can experience stress, there are factors that can increase your risk of experiencing high levels of stress, as well as intensifying the effects of the stress. By understanding your personal risk you can better prepare yourself to avoid or cope with this stress.
Some of the risk factors for stress include:
- Being female
- Being divorced or widowed
- Having a lower level of education
- Experiencing any type of financial strain or unemployment
- People who consider themselves isolated or who do not have an adequate support system
- People living in a city environment
- People living with health challenges
As a caregiver you are also more likely to experience stress if you are in the sandwich generation caring for your parent and your children, your parent is living with a serious health challenge, you live at a distance from your parent, or you do not feel equipped to give your parent the level of support and care that you feel they need and deserve. If you are at increased risk for stress or feel that you are already experiencing stress, do not hesitate to reach out for help and support. This can include the services of a home care provider, a support group, and other care that will divide your care burden, give you the emotional support you need, and give you more time to focus on other elements of your life.
Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult can be extremely meaningful and fulfilling, but it can also be stressful. Trying to manage all of your parent’s needs as well as those of your children, your marriage, your home, your career, and any other obligations can make you feel overwhelmed and as though you are always trying to finish more than you have the time to do. Fortunately, home care can be there for you. An in-home care provider can step in to fill care gaps, manage potentially sensitive tasks that your parent or you are not comfortable with you handling, provide additional support and companionship, and give your parent the personalized services that they need to have the highest quality of life as they age in place. As their caregiver this will ease your stress, give you more time, and allow you to focus on all of the responsibilities of your life in the ways that are right for you and for your parent.
Are you or a loved-one considering Home Care Services in Herndon, VA? Please call the caring staff at Medical Professionals On Call today. Contact: 703-273-8818
Medical Professionals On Call has such a caring, professional staff who are available to step in with whatever level of care necessary for loved ones and to relieve you of that stress.