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How Much Freedom Do You Give Up as a Family Caregiver?

Caregiver Stress in Norwalk CT

Caregiver Stress in Norwalk CTYour parents were there for you through thick and thin. Even when you were trying to find your own way after high school or college, no matter how many mistakes you made you knew you could always count on them. Now you don’t want to turn your back on them, even though you have a busy schedule and a lot of other responsibilities going on in your life.

You’ve been considering taking care of one or both of your parents. They’ve reached an age where they’re having difficulty taking care of themselves. You worry about their safety, and you figure it’s not going to be a big deal to support them.

You don’t even consider actually losing any type of freedom in your own life.

Most people don’t. That’s because when they first begin their new life as a family caregiver, taking care of an aging parent, for example, they often drastically underestimate just how much care and support is going to be required. They don’t see it as a major sacrifice; rather, they see it as their responsibility.

What you give up.

Most family caregivers will ultimately admit they give up quite a lot to take care of an elderly parent. One of the most significant things they give up is freedom.

At first, you may assume your loved one isn’t going to require very much support and assistance during the day. After a few weeks, though, you’re running over there constantly after work, before work, and sometimes on your lunch break. That’s a tremendous amount of pressure, stress, and anxiety. As a family caregiver, your life is completely out of control.

You give up time with friends, you no longer exercise, you’re not eating as healthy as you use to, and you may even stop volunteering or doing community work. If you don’t see that as a loss of freedom, you need to take a new assessment on the situation.

Your perspective is not properly aligned. When you have to give up things that are important to you, even if it’s just an hour once a week to relax by yourself, then you’re giving up quite a bit of freedom.

You may feel like you owe it to your elderly father, mother, or other family member, but you don’t. There is another option: hiring a home care aide.

For whatever reason, you might have avoided this option or topic, mostly because you have various misconceptions about it. Learn the truth about home care support services, especially those you can find through a reliable agency that has a lot of integrity. The more you learn, the more you begin to realize the vast benefits home care support can offer, including helping you alleviate stress as a caregiver and take back some of the freedom you’ve already given up.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Norwalk,CT, please contact the caring staff at Sovereign Home Health today at 203-523-0331.

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Syd Kain

Syd is the Owner at Sovereign Home Health. Sovereign Home Health provides in-home care that makes a difference in the lives of seniors and other adults. Our clients and their families trust their care to us. Whether part-time companionship services or 24/7 live-in home care, we provide the support and friendship that improves lives and enables independent living at home.

Sovereign Home Health is focused on caring for our clients throughout Connecticut and Northern, New Jersey.With two locations and services ranging from our personal care and companion care services to our 24/7 Never Alone Care, our specially trained and certified in-home caregivers can provide you with the care and freedom you or your loved one deserve.

Each of our clients has different care needs, and Sovereign Home Health provides a range of services that can be customized to fit their unique, individual client needs. To learn more about Sovereign Home Health or to set up a free comprehensive consultation, contact us today.

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