When people lose their temper and get angry with somebody else, they might immediately feel guilty and apologize. Some may feel righteous in their anger, believing they had every right to feel the way they did and act out the way they did. When a person is a caregiver for an aging or disabled adult, it could very well be a family member.
After a while, the stress of being a caregiver can take its toll and that can cause friction in the relationship. If there’s a moment when the caregiver has gotten extremely upset, blown up at the senior who relies on his or her assistance, a simple “I’m sorry”could be more than enough, but what’s to keep it from happening again?
Caregiver stress can infiltrate every aspect of life.
It’s not just in relationships, but work, a person’s general temper, and their health. Prolonged stress can lead to anxiety. Anxiety has the potential to lead to disorders. It can also increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and other serious medical emergencies.
There are going to be times when relationships are put to the test.
Whether it’s a parent and child, two spouses, or some other relationship, even the best relationships can be put under a tremendous amount of stress when one person is caring for the other. Far too often, people underestimate the impact that caregiver stress can have on their personality, their temper, and the way they deal with others.
Yes, a simple ‘sorry’ can help, but it’s not going to help if these issues arise over and over again. What can help?
Hiring a home care aide can be an asset.
When people understand just how overwhelmed they are providing support and care for an aging or disabled adult, when they realize that experienced home care aides can be an incredible asset, they take a step closer to helping alleviate some of the stress that can be affecting the relationship.
What if the senior doesn’t want home care support?
The senior certainly has every right to decide whether or not he or she relies on a home care aide, but when they understand how much stress this family member is under, when they see first-hand how it is affecting the relationship, they may be more open to the idea of outside assistance, at least for a couple of hours a week.
That small opening is a great opportunity for the caregiver to begin focusing on the stress in their life and doing something to reduce it.
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.
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