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Caregiver Stress Can Be Difficult to Accept

Caregiver Stress in Stamford CT

Caregiver StressIt’s not always easy to accept certain aspects of our own lives, especially when they lead to limitations or various challenges. When you’re a caregiver for an aging parent or other family member, you want what’s best for them and even the prospect of thinking about stress may lead you to question the quality of care you provide.

When anxiety or other issues are affecting you, it’s important to acknowledge them and also accept just how much of an impact they are having in your life.

How stress affects family caregivers.

There are many ways in which stress can impact a person on a personal level. It can cause them anxiety and, if it goes on for a prolonged period of time and is intense enough, there is always the prospect it can evolve into panic attacks.

A high level of stress can also make it more difficult for people to get enough sleep at night. A person who is overwhelmed with stress may be worried about their loved one, whether they are safe and comfortable in bed, or what may happen in the future.

Lying awake at night worrying about these things makes it almost impossible to encourage the brain to settle down and get prepared for the recuperative circadian rhythm of sleep.

Stress can also have a direct effect on health. Somebody who is under a great deal of stress for a prolonged period of time will likely be at an increased risk of certain health conditions, including stroke, heart attack, and more.

How to alleviate stress as a family caregiver.

There are plenty of things people can do to reduce the impact stress has on their life, especially as a caregiver. The most significant is to call on the services of a professional and experienced home care aide. Somebody who works for an agency would be a great asset for any senior.

When you call on a home care aide, they can stop over and work with the senior anywhere from a couple of hours a day to full-time care. It all depends on the needs of the senior.

This can allow the family caregiver time to exercise, pursue hobbies, spend time with friends and other loved ones, focus on their own home and safety, and eat properly.

All of these factors ultimately lead to better health, reduced anxiety, and a higher quality of life. In the meantime, when the senior is working with an experienced home care aide, the quality of care and their quality of life also often increase. That’s basically the result of experience on the part of the home care aide.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Stamford, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Stamford, CT at 203-661-6969.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com
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