You have a family member who needs assistance. You have a different family member who has stepped up to take care of them. They may not call themselves a caregiver, but that’s exactly what they are and believe it or not they will likely be dealing with a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety as the weeks turn into months.
That family caregiver may have taken this responsibility on themselves because they thought it was their job. They may have seen it as what others expected them to do, and stepped up without a second thought.
That is certainly noble and it’s a great sacrifice, but they may not be sharing just how much stress and anxiety they are dealing with under the surface. There are several things you might be able to do or offer the caregiver in your family that can alleviate some of that pressure from their life.
First, offer a shoulder to lean on.
Sometimes all people need is somebody to talk to, to vent their frustrations to. They may do this a lot with their spouse, friends, and others, and it may reach a point when those other individuals grow tired of hearing it.
It seems like they keep things to themselves, all bottled up, so find out why. Ask questions. Let them know they have somebody in you to whom they can speak.
Second, talk about home care options.
This family caregiver may not realize how affordable and beneficial an experienced home care aide can be. By hiring through an agency, people can rely on professional support for just a couple of hours a day, even if it’s for only a few days a week to start.
Just planting this seed can allow that family caregiver to begin thinking about other options, especially when they feel overwhelmed with stress and anxiety that comes along with this type of work.
Lastly, let them know they need to limit their time.
Far too many people try to do much more than they can actually handle. If this family member is working, raising children, volunteering in the community, and still trying to be a primary caregiver, they are going to wear themselves out. Everyone needs to acknowledge their own limitations, not just on their time, but their physical, emotional, and mental abilities.
When people put limits on their time, they begin to realize they can’t continue doing this full-time work as a caregiver without sacrificing other things that are so important to them in life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring home care to reduce caregiver stress in Snellville, GA, please contact the caring staff at Home Helpers, call (678) 430-8511.
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