Many adult children assume the responsibility for caring for their parents as they get older. This can include everyday tasks such as helping occasionally with laundry and errands or can include daily meal preparation and help with basic tasks such as bathing, dressing, and using the bathroom.
Children are often happy to help their parents in any way they can so they can remain as independent as possible, but over time the demands of caring for someone else can take a toll on the caregiver, especially if he or she has other demands, such as a job and children. The mental and physical stress of caring for someone else can lead to caregiver stress. This can affect any caregiver, but female caregivers tend to develop more stress-related medical problems than men.
Symptoms of Caregiver Stress
People with caregiver stress can feel overwhelmed and isolated by the demands of taking care of their elderly parents, as well as their other responsibilities. They may not get enough sleep or may sleep too much and may feel tired, distracted, easily irritated, worried, or sad. They may develop depression or anxiety.
Caregivers who are under a lot of stress may also experience physical problems. They may have headaches or body aches and may have a weakened immune system that makes them more susceptible to conditions such as the flu. Stress can cause weight gain that can lead to obesity, which can in turn increase the risk of other health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes.
An In-Home Caregiver Can Help Take Care of Your Parent
If you care for an elderly parent with physical or mental conditions that require a lot of time and attention and you are feeling the effects of stress on your mental and physical wellbeing, you should ask for help. Other family members and friends may be able to provide assistance, or you may be able to get help from a community organization.
Another option is to hire an in-home caregiver to help with your parent’s care. You can hire someone to visit your parent’s home every day, or you can have someone help out for a few hours a week with a specific task, such as laundry or housekeeping. Caregivers can provide many other services, including errands, meal preparation, and help with bathing, dressing, and using the bathroom.
Dependable Care Can Help
Dependable Care has provided in-home care for many seniors all across Connecticut. Our caregivers are trained and compassionate and can provide all of these services, as well as companionship, medication reminders, and assistance in other areas. This can give you a chance to take a much-needed break so you can relax.
Taking care of an aging parent is a major responsibility, but you don’t need to do it alone. If you are feeling the effects of stress associated with caring for your parent, Dependable Care can help. Whether you choose to have a caregiver provide services on a daily basis or just once a week, that can give you the break you need to keep yourself mentally and physically healthy. Contact Dependable Care today so we can match your parent with the right caregiver.