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5 Causes of Caregiver Stress

Caregiver Estero FL

Caregiver Estero FL

When you first started being a family caregiver, you probably didn’t realize how stressful it could be. The problem is that there are so many factors that play into caregiver stress that you may overlook some.

Lack of Control Over Situations

Family caregivers often don’t have much control over their own situation, their elderly loved one’s health, or much to do with any of the rest of the situation. Many times they’re at the mercy of many different variables that they don’t have much, if any, influence over. When that happens, caregivers experience a great deal of stress.

Constantly Being “On Call” 

When you’re a family caregiver, you’re constantly on call. If something should happen and your elderly loved one needs you, you’ll go, no matter what time of day or night it is. This can lead to interrupted sleep and a feeling of overall weariness and strain.

Dealing with Conflicting Needs 

Not only do you have a lack of control and the strain of being on call to deal with, but you also have your loved one’s needs to manage as well as your own. And if you have a spouse, children, pets, friends, and employers, you have their needs to manage as well. Sometimes those needs are going to be in direct conflict with each other and that can be extremely stressful.

Loneliness and Isolation 

Being a family caregiver is often a lonely job. Caring for your elderly loved one may necessitate you being with her for a great deal of the day and night and you might not see many other people. In fact, some weeks your loved one’s home care providers may be the only people you’re in contact with. That can be extremely wearing on your emotional health, creating huge amounts of stress.

Feeling Unappreciated 

There aren’t any award shows for family caregivers. It’s often a thankless job that leaves family caregivers feeling lost, alone, and completely unappreciated. A little bit of encouragement can go a long way, but you may not see that from your elderly loved one at all depending on her health needs.

Once you start to understand what can be causing your caregiver stress you can take steps to reduce those stress levels before they lead to burnout. 

If you or an aging loved one are considering Cargiver Services in Estero FL, call the caring staff at Dial-a-Nurse today. Naples: (239) 307-0033. Ft. Myers: (239) 307-0065 .

Ted Wolfendale

Administrator at Dial-a-Nurse
Mr. Wolfendale is a graduate of Stetson University, and Stetson University School of Law, and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1988. He is admitted to practice in the Middle district of Florida, is an active member of the Florida Health Law section, and Lee County Bar Association.

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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