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Being a family caregiver isn't like other jobs. For one, your day doesn't stop at 5 p.m. — or ever. Putting all your energy into another person's care also drains you and stresses you out, as few other jobs can. As much as you love your family member, you need to take time away from your caregiving duties for your own health.
Caregivers who don't make time for self-care are at risk of developing caregiver stress. The term "caregiver stress" doesn't sound all that serious, but its symptoms do — because they are. They include:
Caregiver stress hurts your health and the health of your family member, so you need to address it. Sometimes, that means reducing your caregiving responsibilities, so you don't burn out entirely. Ask family for help, use respite care or adult day care services, or hire in-home help for your loved one. In certain cases, seniors can get help paying for home care through Medicare, Medicaid, or veterans benefits. Learn more about your options at Senior Living. You can also explore Cantissimo Senior Living's housing resources for more comprehensive options as the need arises.
Self-care is a vital component of any caregiver's stress-management plan. Self-care for caregivers should focus on relieving the mental and emotional stress of caregiving, as well as managing its physical demands.
About the Author: Claire Wentz
Claire Wentz created Caring From Afar to offer support and advice to caregivers who are unable to live near their loved ones. Her hope is that her writing will inform them, uplift them, and give them peace of mind when they need it.