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Family Caregiver Stress: When Caring for Mom Becomes Overwhelming

Caregiver Stress in Bristol, CT

Caregiver-StressYou’ve wanted to take care of your elderly mother for some time, especially since you live quite close to her. Maybe she’s delayed asking you for help because she doesn’t want to be a ‘burden.’ As people get older and they struggle with various aspects of their life, it’s easy to feel as though your placing undue pressure on your loved ones who are looking out for you.

As a family caregiver, you might not have thought stress was really going to be an issue. After all, you only live right down the street from your mother, she didn’t require much assistance, and this was something you wanted to do for her. However, over time, you begin to feel pressure because of all the other obligations you have going on in your life.

You may have been a stay-at-home mom and have continued to remain out of the workforce because there are so many other things you enjoy doing, including volunteering throughout the community. Or perhaps you have a full-time job and are the primary income earner in your family. Whatever the case may be, when you begin supporting an elderly family member, that person will likely begin calling on your help more and more.

It’s a natural tendency of people to be reluctant to ask for or accept help from others, but when they begin receiving that help and see how beneficial it can be, they have a tendency to call on it more and more frequently. This will place increased pressure on the caregiver, which in this case would be you.

You don’t have to continue dealing with the stress of being a family caregiver.

There is a solution. And it’s a highly affordable one that makes a great deal of sense when you actually sit down and discuss it. That would be hiring a home care aide.

People hear about hiring a home care provider, but they often have various misconceptions about it. They think about fraud, abuse, theft, and other negative aspects. In reality, the vast majority of highly experienced and trained caregivers, especially those who work for an agency, are honest, compassionate individuals who can be hired for just a few hours at a time.

This can give you, the family caregiver, enough time to focus on other aspects of your personal life. That can be more than enough to alleviate the stress and pressure you feel on a daily basis.

If you or an aging loved one are considering help for family caregivers in Bristol, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Bristol at 860-597-3924.

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Sandy Fiorito

Director of Care Services at SYNERGY HomeCare of Greater Bristol
Sandy Fiorito RN, is the Director of Care Services at Synergy Homecare of Greater Bristol.Sandy has been a nurse for over 35 years with a wide range of experience in hospital settings.Most recently she was the head nurse for the medical component at the Wheeler Clinic’s Northwest Village School.Sandy’s skills as a nurse are a great asset to Synergy clients because she is able to successful bridge the non-medical care with the skilled care aspects of a client’s needs.

What our clients say most is that they come to rely on Sandy’s calm assurance when they discuss the plans to keep their loved ones at home.They also love her calm way with their elderly parents as they make the sometimes difficult transition to having to acknowledge the need to have help.

Sandy loves to work on her flowers in the yard and golf.The rest of her free time is spent with her three grandchildren.

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