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A Guide to Caregiver Stress

By Jonathan Wells, 8:00 am on

When an individual is the primary caregiver for a loved one, a lot of elements come into play that can create stress and feelings of isolation. First, it’s important to know that you are not alone. Along with help from family and friends, support from premier Douglas County home care provider, Home Care Assistance, is always just a phone call away.

At Home Care Assistance of Douglas County, we understand the many new emotions you may be feeling as you take on the role of primary caregiver for an aging loved one. Incorporating a few important strategies into your routine can help ensure your overall health and wellness, and the quality of care provided to your loved one.

Delegate Tasks

Individuals who are fully responsible for their family member’s care are often on a quick path to burning out. Providing for the needs of another adult can be exhausting especially if the patient is incontinent or is wheelchair bound; a simple trip to the doctor’s office or therapy can become a massive undertaking. Delegating tasks to other family members such as transportation or filling in to help on specified days can provide a welcome relief. If other relatives live out of town or are unable to step in, most communities have organizations that can help seniors and their caregivers with daily tasks such as Meals on Wheels.

Take Regular Breaks

It is necessary for people to regularly allow themselves time away from the home so that they can relax and enjoy recreational activities or other favorite diversions. A relaxing dinner out or an evening at the movies or shopping can do wonders to elevate the spirits and provide a fresh perspective.

Concerned about leaving your aging parent or loved one? Perhaps you feel guilty. Individuals who never take breaks can rapidly become depressed, irritable and much less productive than normal so it’s important to take regular breaks. Consider Douglas County hourly caregivers who can provide your loved one with professional, quality care for a few hours a day, or a few days a week, so you have time to attend to your own needs.

Maintain a Healthy Perspective

Caregiving along with facing the reality of family member’s illness is a difficult combination that can elicit feelings of hopelessness. Individuals can develop a healthy approach to the challenging situation by being proactive in areas where they can make a difference and accepting the things that cannot be changed. Finding support by keeping in contact with other people who are struggling with similar circumstances or by joining a local support group can provide caregivers with new perspectives and ideas on how to cope with their responsibilities.

To learn more about options for support and respite, reach out to a friendly Care Manager from Home Care Assistance of Douglas County. We also offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations where you can learn more about our care services and get to know us a little better. Call 720-441-3522 – we look forward to hearing from you.