Knowing when to say enough is enough is not always easy, especially for the average family caregiver looking after an elderly or disabled parent, spouse, or other loved one. We often want to look after those whom we care about the most.
Unfortunately, stress as a caregiver is real.
Few of us actually understand the impact stress can have on our life. We deal with financial stress, the loss of a loved one, relationship stress, and so much more on a daily basis that we barely give it a second thought. When looking after an elderly parent, for example, we may see that stress as being the price we pay to make sure they’re safe.
Remember, there are other options.
The vast majority of family caregivers in this country see it as their responsibility to look after their loved one. They may understand home care is available, but what would that say about them? What would the senior or some other family members think about them if they even suggested hiring a home care aide?
Sometimes we need to protect ourselves.
When the stress of being a caregiver starts to become overwhelming, it’s going to affect safety, health, relationships, and much more. So, when can you know when it’s time to step away from life as a family caregiver?
That’s not always an easy answer to come up with. Everyone is different, but here are a few key pointers to keep in mind.
First, have you stopped eating healthy or getting exercise? If you have, that’s the time to realize a home care aide may give you the time you need to focus on those things moving forward.
Second, are you losing your patience? If you have a tendency to be even-tempered but lately you’ve been getting frustrated, angry, and even belligerent, that’s a major problem. Don’t underestimate the impact it can have on your life.
Third, is it affecting your work? If you have a career and are suddenly finding yourself falling behind, missing deadlines, and being reprimanded by your boss, it could very well be the direct result of your efforts as a family caregiver.
When you realize it’s time to step away or step back to some degree in being a family caregiver, look to home care support services for assistance. This could be the best decision you make, not just for yourself, but that elderly family member who needs your support.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering in-home caregivers in Society Hill, PA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands of Central Philadelphia. 215-274-0900.