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How Being a Caregiver Can Impact Your Life

Sometimes becoming a caregiver to an older adult isn’t a conscious choice you make. Often, people simply find themselves thrust into the role by a medical condition that makes the senior reliant on others for help. Whether you feel you have a choice about becoming a caregiver or not, there’s no doubt that taking on the responsibility will have an enormous impact on your life—both positive and negative.

Caregiver in San Ramon CA: How Being a Caregiver Can Impact Your Life

Caregiver in San Ramon CA: How Being a Caregiver Can Impact Your Life

The Positives.

Let’s start with the good news, and there really is a lot of it. Being a caregiver can be one of the most rewarding and affirming experiences of your life. For one thing, if you’re a parent yourself, you’re modeling empathy and caring for your own children who may one day find themselves being a caregiver to you. Other positive aspects that caregivers report are:

  • Being able to give back to a person that once took care of them.
  • Knowing your aging family member is being well taken care of.
  • Feeling fulfilled.
  • Building a network of friends through support groups and other events that link caregivers.
  • A sense of being useful.
  • Learning coping skills.
  • Increased confidence.

 

The Negatives.

It would be nice if there were no negative aspects to being a caregiver, but it’s a tough job. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the health of caregivers a “public health priority.” They say that 53 percent of caregivers report declines in their own health. Some of the ways that caregiving can affect health are:

  • Increased risk of anxiety and depression.
  • More stress and frustration.
  • Self-reported worsening of health.
  • Weakened immune system.
  • More instances of substance abuse.
  • Elevated risk of early death.

In addition to health-related issues, caregivers may also be impacted financially through lost hours at work or using their own money to help an aging relative.

 

Overcoming the Negatives.

Though the negative aspects of being a caregiver are alarming, there are ways you can avoid them. The best way to do that is to take care of yourself first. Caregivers have a tendency to neglect themselves. They get so busy taking care of their aging relative that they don’t make the time to eat well, exercise, or go to doctor appointments. They may also give up time spent doing things they enjoy, like spending time with friends and family.

If you struggle to find time to care for yourself, home care can give you the time you need. Home care providers can assist your aging relative with nearly everything you can, including medication reminders, light house cleaning, and meal preparation. When you know that a qualified, compassionate person is tending to your loved one, you’ll not only have time to do more for yourself, you’ll also have the peace of mind that allows you to relax and enjoy the positive parts of being a caregiver.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in San Ramon, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.

 

Sources

https://www.cdc.gov/aging/caregiving/index.htm

https://www.caregiver.org/caregiver-health

http://www.apa.org/pi/about/publications/caregivers/faq/positive-aspects.aspx

 

Robin Conley RN, Owner and CEO

RN, Owner and CEO at Provident Care - Modesto, CA
When my grandmother’s health began to deteriorate... My greatest fear was that something would happen to her when I couldn’t be there. She had become unsteady on her feet, forgot to take her medications when she was supposed to, was not eating meals that fit into her dietary restrictions and often failed to recognize signs that she was getting into trouble. I knew that it was her firm desire to stay in her own home, but the amount of oversight I knew she needed was sometimes overwhelming for me to do alone. This is where my journey started! Providing care to seniors in our community is not just a job for me... It is something that has touched my life personally and something that I am passionate about! I know firsthand the worry and uncertainty caused when someone you love becomes ill or injured and how overwhelming the responsibility of caring for a loved one can be. I also know that finding a compassionate caregiver can often restore health, provide seniors with a renewed sense of control and independence, reduce depression, and relieve family members so they can once again be a caring son or daughter. So if you find yourself or someone you may know, in this situation... Our team of care managers and professional, compassionate caregivers at Provident Care would be honored to help you care for your loved one. Our staff is committed to caring for our clients as if we were caring for a member of our own family.

Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE

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