August 7, 2018
More than 65 million Americans provide unpaid care to a loved one. Being a family caregiver can be a rewarding experience with benefits for both the caregiver and the person receiving the care; relationships grow stronger, and many caregivers enjoy the feeling of being needed and allowing a loved one to live as comfortably as possible.
However, it’s not uncommon for family caregivers to report high levels of stress in their lives as a result of their caregiving duties. In fact, one in three report their stress levels as higher than normal. Sometimes, caregivers put so much effort into their caregiving duties that they begin to neglect their own well-being, and their physical, mental and emotional health begin to suffer.
Keep in mind that negative stress can harm your health, and if you aren’t taking care of yourself you won’t be able to provide the level of care your loved one needs to thrive. Even the most resilient person can be affected by the emotional and physical demands that caregiving requires. A few of the common signs of caregiver stress include:
Recognizing the signs above are the first step in managing caregiver stress, as being aware of the symptoms can help you to avoid a stress overload and health crisis of your own. It can also be difficult for caregivers to admit they need help with their responsibilities, which means they won’t seek caregiver support of any kind.
Take advantage of the different caregiver support systems available in your area. Other successful ways to help lower caregiver stress include:
Franciscan Ministries offers a full spectrum of care services for seniors in all stages of their lives. Your loved one will have peace of mind of knowing that as their needs change, the level of care they can expect to receive will change right along with them. For more information about living options at Franciscan Ministries’ senior living communities, please contact us today.
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