There are many significant benefits to choosing in-home care for your loved one. A home environment promotes recovery from accidents or illness, improves quality of life, and saves money. However, challenges go along with being a family caregiver.
Serving as a family caregiver often is added on top of a person’s ordinary responsibilities. For a period of time, we can convince ourselves that it is not a problem to work full time, attend to our children and homes, and provide care to an elderly loved one. Before we know it, we are burnt out. Caregiving becomes overwhelming and feelings of animosity begin to fester for family members who are not helping out.
Stress and the lack of time to attend to personal needs are probably the best known challenges of being a family caregiver, but they are not the only difficulties that are faced. As a senior’s needs increase, they may require greater expertise than a family member can provide. Professional in-home care can fill in this gap, offering specially trained caregivers who are prepared to cope with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and end of life situations. These challenges may be too much to place upon the shoulders of a single family caregiver.
If the frustrations of caregiving become too much for a family caregiver, it can also cause stress in the relationship with the loved one being cared for. Caregiving has the potential to create a bond that is even stronger than before and create special closeness between family members. When the relationship is too one-sided, hours are too long, and help is not at hand, this relationship can disintegrate. If you feel negative feelings for a family member who you were close to before you became their caregiver, it is time for you to get help with in-home care. Nobody should have their last memories of a beloved family member be clouded by exhaustion and resentment.
The physical requirements of caregiving can also have a detrimental effect upon health. Lifting, performing extra chores, and having your sleep regularly disturbed can lead to multiple health problems. Some common health problems reported by caregivers include back pain, headaches, fatigue, high blood pressure, and weight loss or gain. If you recognize increasing health problems of your own, you need in-home caregiving assistance. You must take care of yourself in order to care for someone else.
Though the challenges of providing family caregiving are many, it is also a role that many find fulfilling. When you need respite care in order to maintain your own health or a family member is in need of professional in-home care, call Comfort Keepers. We treat your family as if they were our own.