As a Family Caregiver for your senior loved one, you work hard to make sure your loved one is receiving the health care and assistance they need. In the process, it can be easy to overlook the affect it is having on you.
In a study conducted by the National Women’s Health Department, researchers found that 49 percent of women who were the primary Family Caregiver for a senior in their family (usually a parent or grandparent) reported feeling overwhelmed while trying to juggle their home life and the responsibilities of providing home health care and assistance. Can you identify with that study?
Feelings of being overwhelmed and stressed can lead to larger problems, which is why it is important for you to recognize signs that should prompt you to ask for assistance or implement better schedules to alleviate stressors. Studies have shown that the ability to care for others is dramatically compromised if the Family Caregiver experiences too much stress.
Here are signs that you as the Family Caregiver may be experiencing elevated levels of stress that could have adverse effects on both your physical and emotional health.
- Feelings of sadness or moodiness
- Being uncharacteristically anxious or nervous
- Crying more times than normal
- Trouble sleeping
- Low energy levels
- Disinterest in hobbies that are typically enjoyed
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling of heaviness in the chest
These symptoms can have severe affects both on your ability to offer adequate care and assistance, but also on your home life and job performance. It is important to recognize the early signs of stress so that you can ask for assistance and take the necessary time off to recuperate and get yourself back to 100 percent.
Freudenthal Home Health is a Medicare-certified and ACHC-accredited home health agency that can help you care for your senior loved one by providing access to our full array of first-class skilled Medicare and private duty services that support, strengthen, and simplify all aspects of your senior loved one’s life at home. These first-class services are delivered by our exceptionally well-equipped staff and are designed specifically to help your senior loved one live a full life at home. Contact us to receive more information on how we can reduce your stress and help you give the best care for your senior loved one at home.