Caregiver stress is due to the emotional and physical strain of caregiving. Caregivers report much higher levels of stress than people who are not caregivers. Many caregivers who are providing help or are "on call" almost all day. Sometimes, this means there is little time for work or other family members or friends. Some caregivers may feel overwhelmed by the amount of care their aging, sick or disabled family member needs.
Who gets Care Giver Stress?
Anyone can get caregiver stress, but more women caregivers say they have stress and other health problems than men caregivers. Some women have a higher risk for health problems from caregiver stress, including those who:
- Care for a loved one who needs constant medical care and supervison.
- Care for a spouse.
What are the symptoms of Care Giver stress?
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Feeling alone, isolated, or deserted by others
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Gaining or losing a lot of weight
- Feeling tired most of the time
- Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
- Becoming easily irritated or angered
- Feeling worried or sad often
How does Caregiver stress affect my health?
Some stress can be good for you, as it helps you cope and respond to a change or challenge. But long-term stress of any kind, including caregiver stress, can lead to serious health problems that include:
- Depression and anxiety
- Weak immune system
- Higher risk for chronic disease
- Problems with short-term memory or paying attention
What can I do to prevent or relieve caregiver stress?
- Learn ways to better help your loved one
- Ask for and accept help
- Join a support group for caregivers
- Get organized
- Take time for yourself
- Take care of your health
- See your doctor for regular checkups
How can SYNERGY HomeCare help?
We can assist with providing care for a loved one so that a caregiver can take some time for themselves and take a break or get additional help. We can provide assistance from one day a week to round the clock care. Our services include:
- Personal Care
For a complimentary assessment or if you would like additional information please call us at: 704-897-0496