Caregiver Stress in Miami FL
It’s not like you’re going to be taking care of a complete stranger, devoting 80, 100, or more hours every week to looking after them. This is your mother, after all. You owe this to her, especially considering how much she did for you through the years.
As a family caregiver, you may not be completely aware or seeing things as clearly as you should. This in no way is meant to be a putdown or derogatory. It is simply meant to highlight the fact that many family caregivers overestimate their capabilities, the amount of time they have, and the requirements of this type of job.
What impact could being a family caregiver have on your life?
One of the most significant changes a person will experience the moment they take on the role of a family caregiver is a lack of time. Even for those individuals who may be retired or don’t have full-time jobs they need to get to on a daily basis, time suddenly becomes a rare commodity.
At first, you might have been looking after your mother who’s having difficulty keeping track of certain things. Maybe she needed help taking out the garbage or doing laundry once or twice a week.
She may have been reluctant to ask for assistance, and only did so because she felt she had no other option. However, the moment people begin relying on assistance for even the most basic tasks, they start calling on help more and more frequently.
It’s not meant to be deliberate, but is a byproduct of receiving assistance.
Unfortunately, what happens far too often with these family caregivers is they devote more and more time to those in need and less and less time to their other family members, including their spouse, children, and maybe even brothers or sisters.
Over time, the stress of being a family caregiver will continue to build and that’s when the tension starts to mount. At first, people might not be saying anything, but then arguments and fights could ensue. After a while, those beloved family members stop caring altogether.
No one has to go through that. Home care is an affordable option that can be beneficial for numerous reasons. The most significant is it reduces the pressure on the primary family caregiver, allows him or her to have time to devote to others, and may even promote a healthier lifestyle for the senior in need.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Miami, FL, please contact the caring staff at Providence Healthcare Services. Call (305) 680-5349.
Providence Healthcare Services provides geriatric and pediatric services throughout all of Miami-Dade and parts of Monroe County.We are a Medicare and Medicaid certified and accredited home health agency offering comprehensive nursing, therapies, personal and non-medical care, and healthcare staffing services.
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