Caregivers in Southbury, CT - National Family Week is May 3rd through the 9th
Why is it that so many family members take on the role of a caregiver for an elderly or disabled loved one? There are some estimates that put the number of family caregivers in the United States right now at 44 million. Other estimates are as high as 68 million. Regardless of the actual number, it’s an interesting situation because along with providing care at home for their loved ones, these caregivers are often increasing the amount of stress they feel on a regular basis.
For the most part, family members are concerned about the safety and well-being of their loved ones living at home. That’s one of the main reasons why they become a caregiver. They want to be there for their loved ones. They may feel a sense of responsibility to do it. They may feel that it is their duty to step up and take care of their loved one.
However, many of these family caregivers have numerous other responsibilities in their life, including a full-time job or numerous part-time jobs just to make ends meet. They may wish they could be there more often for their elderly loved one, and when they’re not, they may be checking the phone frequently, calling that senior to make sure they haven’t fallen or been injured, and more. That continues to add to the stress they feel.
Stress can also mount when they aren’t focused completely at work and begin feeling the pressure of deadlines, their boss breathing down their neck, and so much more.
What options are available for these individuals to help alleviate stress?
The best answer to that is professional home care providers. Home care providers can be hired independently or through agencies, but it is best to hire through an agency because they will conduct interviews and often conduct background checks on all of their employees, thus ensuring that their caregivers are honest, reliable, and have some level of experience.
Home care can be hired for just a couple of hours a day once or twice a week, if that’s all that’s needed. That could be more than enough to alleviate a tremendous amount of stress for the family caregiver.
National Family Week is May 3rd through the 9th and for anybody who is dealing with the stress of being a caregiver for an aging parent, grandparent, or other loved one, it’s a good idea to sit down and seriously discuss the prospect of professional home care.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Southbury, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.