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Don’t Look Back and Say ‘What If’ as a Family Caregiver

Caregiver Stress in Boca Raton FL

It’s been a rough few weeks. Maybe that few weeks has quickly turned into several months. As a family caregiver, you can’t believe how fast the time is flying by. You’ve missed out on kid’s concerts, spending time with friends, going on dinner dates with your spouse, and so much more. Maybe you’ve even missed out on work, tapping into your vacation time, making it almost impossible for you to go away this summer.

Many family caregivers undergo this same kind of stress.

Caregiver Stress in Boca Raton FLThe stress is different for everyone. Some are extremely worried about the safety and well-being of their elderly family member. They may sit up late at night wondering if their mother has fallen and simply can’t reach the phone.

Others may be concerned about the health of their family member. Could they have had a heart attack? Can they be suffering the earliest signs and symptoms of a stroke? Could they be at an increased risk of developing cancer, Alzheimer’s, or some other devastating disease?

These questions, often unanswered, can be enough to drive somebody to the brink of a nervous breakdown. For those who have gotten into the habit of stopping by and helping support their elderly family member daily, stress in life is only going to get bigger.

Unfortunately, far too many of these estimated 44 million family caregivers in the United States (Forbes) are so focused in the moment they can’t see the forest for the trees, so to speak. They can’t step back and think about the future, determine whether or not they’re doing the best they can for their elderly loved one, or what to expect in the months and even years ahead.

Often that leads to ‘what if’ questions.

Many of those ‘what if’ questions revolve around things that could have been done better. They don’t arise until many months or even years later, when that family caregiver looks back on their experience and wonders if things could have been better. Maybe their relationship with that elderly family member broke down. Maybe they lost their job. Maybe their friends grew tired of their ignoring them and went on with their own lives.

No one wants to look back and wonder what if. For those family members concerned about the safety and well-being of their elderly loved ones, there’s no reason to do that once you understand the benefits a home care aide can offer. Be certain to look into this option early and don’t put yourself in the position to be looking back wondering what could have been.

If you or a family member are in need of home care to reduce caregiver stress in Boca Raton, FL, call the caring professionals at Star Multi Care today at (954) 870-4770. Providing service in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Lighthouse Point, and Wilton Manors.

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Liza Erazo

Administrator at Star Multi Care Florida
Liza Erazo has recently joined the Star Multi Care team as Administrator of the Florida branch.She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and transferred to Florida in 1996 to continue her healthcare career culminating a 10-year track in the cut-throat, New York Business Development market.

She gained another 20 year of administrative and marketing experience within the Florida healthcare market before accepting the position with Star Multi Care. Focusing on advocating for seniors has always been her passion and she plans on continuing this quest while working with Star.
Liza spends much of her free time volunteering with advocacy groups.She currently is a Florida Elder Mediator, the Chairman for the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Secretary of the Alzheimers’ Family Center, and sits on the Advisory Council for the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County.

Her family also remains a priority in her life.Ms. Erazo raised her two children while working and pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice.She prides herself in the joys her three grandchildren bestow upon her and values the time she spends with them.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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