Being a family caregiver for your aging loved one can be extremely rewarding. This is a way for you to give back to your parent and to show them that you love them and want for them to have a fulfilling and enjoyable quality of life.
As you are caring for your senior however, you are likely to find that these responsibilities can also be challenging. Experiencing caregiver stress is a normal part of being a family caregiver, but it can also have a negative impact on your health, well-being, and even the quality of care that you give to your senior. Being aware of these negative impacts can allow you to see the importance of recognizing your caregiver stress and taking the steps to reduce your stress and to manage it in an effective and beneficial way.
Some of the ways that caregiver stress can impact the care you give your parent include:
Fatigue and frequent tiredness can make it difficult for you to physically fulfill the care tasks you need for your aging parent. This is particularly true if you were senior requires physical support and assistance, such as to manage mobility or balance issues.
Depression and other mental and emotional health and well-being challenges can strain your relationship with your parents and lead to arguments, difficulties, and a break down in your parent-child bond.
Bitterness or resentment that can emerge as a result of stress can lead you to not feeling as compelled to fulfill care tasks as well.
Increased susceptibility to illness and infection can cause you to spread the germs to your senior. Elderly adults tend to be more vulnerable to illness and infection due to an immune system that is not as effective as younger people. This means that they are more likely to develop illnesses or infections, and have a more difficult time fighting them off when they do develop them.
Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult can be stressful, challenging, and, at times, overwhelming. This can be especially true if you are a member of the sandwich generation caring for your elderly adult and your children, or if you live at a distance from your senior and are not able to be with your parent as often as you would like to be.
Fortunately, home care services can be there for you. The highly personalized services of an in-home care services provider can fill care gaps and ensure that your parent’s individual needs are met in the way that is right for them. These can be care needs that you are not able to handle due to your own challenges, limitations, or distance, care needs that your parent or you are not comfortable with you handling, tasks that need to be handled more frequently that you can fulfill them, or just the support that companionship can offer.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Naples FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065.
In 1995 he became Administrator of Dial-a-Nurse nursing agency, the oldest nursing agency in the Southwest Florida succeeding his mother who started the company 37 years ago. He is also President of Nevco, Inc., an educational healthcare training company begun in 1988.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce on various Missions to improve the quality of life around the world by development of supportive healthcare programs. In 2005 he traveled with U.S. officials and addressed the Italian National Government assisting in the creation of Nurse Education mandates for that Country. In 2006 he was invited and spoke with the National Institutes of Continuing Education in Eastern Europe on healthcare education and developmental mandates, and most recently represented the United States at the European Union in Lake Balaton, Hungary in 2011. In 2014 he traveled with the U.S. Department of State to Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam in an effort to improve caregiver knowledge and training.
Mr. Wolfendale has worked with a number of non-profits in contributing and creating curriculum to improve the quality of life in third-world countries since 2001, and notably created a successful program in Odessa, India that has been modeled in other areas of the world. In his backyard, he has worked with local Goodwill Industries to provide curriculum and training to underserved individuals who have obtained employment as a result of educational training. He was the Congressional appointment to the Governor's purple ribbon task force in 2013, and has worked to educate caregivers in all aspects of Alzheimer's training.
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