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Due to the nature of the tasks involved, the job of being a family caregiver can take its toll and result in stress. Fortunately for Tracy home care providers, April is right around the corner and serves as a reminder of Stress Awareness Month. The purpose of Stress Awareness Month is to highlight the need for caregivers to also take time to care for themselves while looking after their loved ones.
Caregivers sometimes hide or minimize stress in an effort to avoid it. Stress tends to become progressively worse with increased or sustained anxiety and poses increased health risks to both you and your senior loved one. In some cases, high levels of anxiety can lead to blow-ups over small issues or unintentional neglect during a condition known as burnout. Possible signs of caregiver stress include:
Realistically, you’re not going to eliminate all instances of stress you may experience during your role as caregiver. Developing a strategy for handling stress, however, can help reduce anxiety and improve your relationship with your senior loved one. You can successfully manage your stress by:
It will also help to reach out to resources in your area. Your primary care physician should be able to direct you towards appropriate local resources. The Family Care Navigator provides a listing of caregiver resources according to state. Caregiveraction.org has a Family Caregiver Toolbox that can serve as a handy reference guide. In-person or online support groups can also be helpful.
In honor of Stress Awareness Month, we hope family caregivers will look into home care agencies like Home Care Assistance of Tracy. Caring for a loved one can be challenging to do alone, but with our help, you can give your family member the comprehensive Alzheimer’s, stroke, or dementia home care Tracy seniors can trust. Not only do we give seniors the opportunity to meet the challenges of aging at home, but we also assist with daily activities such as meal preparation, personal care, and housekeeping. Call us today at (209) 650-8500 to learn more and schedule a no-obligation consultation.