Have you ever had that weird feeling somebody was following you? They usually come upon us when we’re alone, in an unfamiliar location, or while we suddenly become acutely aware that we are completely alone. They also seem to come on during those late afternoon, evening, and nighttime hours. It’s this nonsense somebody or something is sneaking up on you. It’s not that different when caregiver stress starts infiltrating your life.
You may sense something is different, something is wrong. You just can’t put your proverbial finger on it. You have difficulty sleeping at night. Even if you can somehow fall asleep, you wake up numerous times throughout the night, your thoughts running in all different directions, and essentially give up sometime after 3 o’clock in the morning and go tinker around with something in the house.
If you are a caregiver, looking after an aging parent, perhaps, or maybe your spouse or a disabled adult child, you may see this is your responsibility. You might not feel as though there is any other option. After all, if you don’t help, who will?
Even those men and women who are more than willing and even enthusiastic about helping somebody in need, they often feel the stress and pressure this type of job places upon them before too long. They just don’t notice it right away.
It starts out with those sleepless nights. It begins with a skipped home-cooked meal in lieu of fast food instead. It presents itself as just “one missed day at the gym.” Then another. Then another. It may even look like frustration and snapping at a coworker who did nothing to deserve your ire.
These stressors begin slowly, subtly, but they are still incredibly powerful.
Most family caregivers never see stress entering their life. They begin attributing some of the challenges they’re facing to other things, their job, their spouse, friends who just aren’t there for them right now, traffic, financial pressure, and so on. It may very well be the result of life as a caregiver.
Caregiver stress is real and it can affect people in many different ways. Being aware of it is one thing, but doing something about it is another thing entirely. The best way to combat caregiver stress and even avoid it altogether is to understand the value of professional, dedicated, experienced home care support.
Home care agencies offer the best options for seniors and disabled adults who need assistance, either for just a few short weeks or for long-term, extended periods of time.
If you or a family member are in need of home care to reduce caregiver stress in Fort Lauderdale, 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.
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.