Just because you’re taking care of your spouse who recently suffered a medical emergency or injuries doesn’t mean you’re immune to stress and anxiety. Caregiver stress affects almost every person who takes on this all-important job. Most of these family members don’t think about it as a job, but rather their responsibility or duty.
If you don’t take care of the anxiety you feel, it could lead to increased health risks for yourself.
Perhaps you’re taking care of your aging mother. Maybe you’ve been doing this for many years. Given enough time and enough pressure and enough stress, your own health could be in decline. You might suddenly find yourself at an elevated risk of a heart attack, stroke, aneurysm, cancer, or some other health ailment. If you have a family history of any of these things, your risk has already been elevated. Adding anxiety and prolonged stress to your life is only going to make things more difficult.
What can you do about this situation, though?
Maybe you’re like a lot of these family caregivers across the country who assume they have to do this, otherwise who will? After all, this is your responsibility, right? No, it’s not. Just because this might be your spouse, parent, sibling, or adult child who was injured in an accident doesn’t mean you have to become his or her primary caregiver. There are other options.
The most effective is to hire home care support services.
A home care aide is a valuable asset for many reasons. When you book through an agency, you will likely get somebody who has extensive experience supporting elderly and disabled men and women in the comfort of their own homes. These caregivers understand the full value in maintaining dignity, a high quality of life, comfort, and safety for their clients.
They also understand how challenging it can be as a family member to keep doing things for this person, especially as the stress and anxiety ratchets up and people begin snapping at one another.
When you have a home care aide or series of caregivers supporting you and this person who needs assistance, you can make time for yourself, to exercise, to eat better, and to simply relax at the end of a long day.
If you keep going the way you are, there is an increased risk of probably a wide range of medical circumstances. Take better care of yourself. To do that, realize the value in home care support services.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care to reduce caregiver stress in McLean, VA, call the caring staff at Medical Professionals On Call today. 703-273-8818.
Medical Professionals On Call has such a caring, professional staff who are available to step in with whatever level of care necessary for loved ones and to relieve you of that stress.
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