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As a Home Caregiver, Are You Stressed Out? What To Do

by Amy, April 13, 2015

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At Care Indeed, our Walnut Creek in home caregivers know that caring for an aging loved one can be stressful. Whether you're an adult caring for your elderly parent, a niece who takes care of an aging aunt or uncle, or a grown grandchild caring for a grandparent, you may not realize just how stressed out you really are. We have a few quick questions that will help you decide if it may be time to do something different.

  • If you have pre-existing medical conditions, have they become worse?
  • Have you developed insomnia, or difficulty falling/staying asleep?
  • Does it seem like you have become short tempered or easily irritated?
  • Has food, smoking, or drinking alcohol become a crutch, a way for you to cope?
  • Has participating in activities and hobbies you love or find relaxing been put on the back-burner?
  • During a regular work day, are you often interrupted by issues that arise regarding an aging loved one that you have to handle?
  • Have you begun avoiding casual outings with friends, or do you feel you are withdrawing from those things you used to enjoy doing with friends?
  • When you think about all of the things you need to do for an elderly loved one, does it make you feel overwhelmed?

Answering "yes" to just two or three of the questions above could indicate that your duties as a caregiver are stressing you out. It is important to maintain a good quality of life, so that you can take good care of an aging loved one as well as yourself - and before you experience caregiver burnout.

Our Walnut Creek home caregivers have a few suggestions to help you overcome the stress and protect your own health.

First of all, make yourself a priority. It's easy to put yourself and your own needs second when caring for an aging loved one. Take time for yourself to relax, read a book, go for a walk. If your house hasn't been cleaned in a while and it's bothering you, take time to clean it - you'll feel better. Set aside a specific time during the week devoted to only you and your family, and other than an emergency, don't let anything get in the way of that special time.

Consider hiring an in home caregiver. Even if it's just for a few hours a couple of days each week or a 12-hour shift, having a compassionate and trained caregiver to come into your loved one's home can be a huge relief. You get the peace of mind knowing your loved one is being well cared for, and some much needed rest or time to enjoy hobbies/activities. Our caregivers help those who are aging with such things as hygiene, cooking, housekeeping, getting dressed, taking medication, laundry, shopping, or whatever else needs to be done.

If you're a caregiver who needs a little time out, give Care Indeed a call today. We provide flexible home care services to suit your life, and the life of an aging loved one. Servicing the Bay Area, we invite you to learn more about our services today.