Being a family caregiver gives you the unique opportunity to spend more quality time with your aging parent, dedicate yourself to ensuring that their needs are met effectively and efficiently, and give back to them for all the care and love they gave you as you were growing up. It is normal for you as an adult child to want what is best for their parent, and to be ready and willing to give your time, effort, resources, and energy to make those things happen. Sometimes, however, this dedication can go too far and being a family caregiver can completely take over your life. When this happens, you are at far greater risk for experiencing stress, detriment to your relationships, and the possibility of diminished health and quality of life after your care relationship comes to an end. Being able to recognize when being a family caregiver has taken over your life allows you to change your focus, allows you to take a step back, and modify your approach so your senior continues to get the care and assistance they need, while you remain in control of your own well-being and future.
Some signs that being a family caregiver has taken over your life include:
- You find it difficult to think about anything other than your care efforts, even when you are not with your parent.
- You do not enjoy other activities or experiences because you are too worried about your parent, or thinking about your care efforts.
- You feel guilty when you are doing anything but taking care of your parent, even when it is necessary things such as spending time at home or working.
- The quality of effort you put into other obligations of your life, such as work, volunteering, or even your marriage and raising your children, has decreased.
- You forget to take care of yourself, such as not eating enough, eating unhealthy food, not getting enough sleep, no longer exercising, and not paying attention to your grooming.
- You think more of the care you give your parent than your parent themselves, which may result in your personal relationship with them suffering.
- You become forgetful about other things in your life, such as commitments you’ve made, your work, or events.
- You find it difficult to think of anything beyond your caregiver arrangement, and can’t imagine what it will be like to not be a family caregiver.
If you feel overwhelmed by the care needs of your aging loved one, or simply feel they would benefit from more diversified care, now may be the ideal time for you to consider home care for them. Introducing an in-home senior care services provider into your care routine with your aging loved one is a fantastic way to ensure your parent’s individual needs are met, and that they are able to enjoy a more active, involved, and independent lifestyle as they age in place. As their caregiver, this can help you feel more confident in your parent’s ability to live their highest quality of life. Because it opens your schedule and provides you with more flexibility, it also relieves your stress and boosts your own mental and emotional health.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Danville, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE
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