Most people, when confronted with challenges that can affect a loved one’s safety, well-being, or ability to take care of themselves, will step up and help wherever they can. We are often programmed early on to look after those who have taken care of us, so for an adult individual in their 40s or 50s, for example, taking care of an aging parent isn’t even given a second thought, especially if they live close enough to stop by on a daily or every other day basis.
There are going to be challenges.
Those challenges can lead to stress. Caregiver stress is a real thing. There are an estimated 44 million family members taking care of elderly and disabled loved ones in the United States right now (Forbes), and the vast majority of them actually feel a great deal of stress throughout the day.
Some of the challenges a person may face when trying to take care of an elderly or disabled family member is understanding exactly what can benefit them the most.
A lot of people have a tendency to worry about safety, especially for elderly loved ones who are getting older and showing more signs of frailty and difficulty with their mobility. When a person has a difficult time walking up and down the stairs, getting out of bed, and doing other basic things, their family often rallies around them to help.
Stress builds, usually slowly.
Caregiver stress is one of those things that will generally start to develop slowly and build over time. It might be a concern about whether or not they did something before they left, sitting up late at night and wondering if there mother or father has fallen trying to get out of bed, and wondering what tomorrow may bring.
The more stress a person endures, the more it’s going to affect their physical health and well-being.
Stress can take a toll on a person’s body, mental frame of mind, relationships, work-life, and much more. Even though there are some wonderful potential benefits in supporting an aging parent or other loved one in a time of need, there are also potential risks that need to be addressed. By being open and honest about those risk factors, a person should be able to make a reasoned and rational decision about whether or not they should be the primary caregiver.
Home care support services are a cost-effective option that can help many families alleviate stress and still ensure their loved ones are being cared for properly, especially during a time of need.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in Coral Springs, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112. Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.
“I am passionate about our community and the people we serve”, states Mr. Fedele. “We have an obligation to take care of our seniors and allow them the dignity to age safely and independently in their own homes”.
Jon is married and has three children. He enjoys waterskiing and spending time with his family and friends.