According to the AARP, there are an estimated 44 million family caregivers looking after disabled loved ones. The majority of these men and women might be taking care of an elderly parent or grandparent. Whatever the case may be, some of them may not fully realize or appreciate the value of part or full-time home care aides.
Many of these individuals will ultimately deal with stress as a result of their efforts to take care of these aging seniors and disabled family members. More professionals who operate within this industry understand the value of addressing stress and taking whatever steps necessary to deal with it at the time.
Many of these family caregivers may not fully appreciate just how significant this effort may impact them and their health. It’s too easy to overlook how stress can directly affect one’s health, perhaps making it extremely difficult if not impossible to take care of that family member in the future.
Home care agencies and other providers may do well to provide valuable insight and information about stress and how families can overcome it, especially through hiring home care support services.
As noted in the Ridgefield Patch blog, Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Offer Tips for Stress-Free New Year, written by Rich Kirby:
- “Take a break from the stressor. It may seem difficult to walk away from a big work project, a family issue, or mounting bills, but stepping away gives you time to do something else and to think, which can offer new perspectives and leave you feeling refreshed and less overwhelmed.
- Exercise. Exercise benefits your mind and your body. During stressful times, exercise — whether a 20-minute walk or a vigorous workout — can offer an immediate release and positive effect lasting for several hours.
- Smile and laugh. Our brains are interconnected with our emotions and facial expressions. When you’re stressed, you often hold a lot of the stress in your face. Laughs and smiles can relieve the tension and improve the situation.”
Many of these tips provided can apply to just about anyone, regardless of occupation, age, or what they’re doing for family or friends. They can also apply to home care aides and other caregivers.
Offering helpful tips and advice for family caregivers may be a wonderful bridge for agencies to reach out to their communities. Running these in local newspapers and other media outlets could be an opportunity to increase awareness of not just home care and the aides who provide these valuable services, but how to reduce stress for those numerous family caregivers.