Caregiver Stress: The Impact of Chronic Disease on the Family

By Pete Lane, 8:00 am on

Caring for an ill, aging parent or loved one can be emotionally and physically exhausting for the caregiver. This may be especially so for those that have a career and are also juggling the needs of children and a spouse. The stress of managing multiple roles can seem insurmountable and as a result, can have a dramatic impact on family life. However, providing care for a chronically ill senior does not have to be a negative experience. Here are a few tips to help decrease stress, while improving family life, presented by the Centennial senior care experts at Home Care Assistance.

  • Deviate from the Norm – Many times, caregivers tend to fall into the trap of caring for the illness, getting caught up in maintaining daily routines and managing medical appointments. While this is important, caregivers should also try to deviate from the norm, planning meaningful activities and interactions. By putting the illness itself on the back burner, families can make the most of their time together. For instance, activities where the senior’s care is not the main focus such as a family picnic help decrease the stress and instill a greater sense of family once again.
  • Reduce the Burden of Care – The complex care needs of an aging parent or loved one can create stress for the caregiver. These stressors can become magnified when there is only one person acting as caregiver. Often times, the caregiver will deflect their frustrations onto others and feelings of resentment and anger can become more prominent. Caregivers need to know when to ask for help from a professional caregiver, either for hourly or 24/7 care in Centennial. By doing so, the primary caregiver can step away from their responsibilities to attend their own needs, rest and rejuvenate.
  • Set Limits – You are not invincible and there will always only be 24 hours in the day. There’s nothing wrong with spreading out our responsibilities and setting limits for what should be done on a daily basis. Caregivers may also want to utilize smartphone apps. There are many apps designed specifically for caregiving, available for free or at a nominal price. By organizing your overall schedule, it is easier to plan for what can realistically be accomplished in a day and you can better ensure the needs of your entire family are met.

If you provide care for an aging parent or loved one who has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, you are not alone in this journey. Home Care Assistance of Centennial has a team of highly trained caregivers who specialize in how to care for seniors with advanced conditions. Whether your loved one requires Alzheimer’s, dementia or Parkinson’s home care in the southeast suburban metro Denver area, you can rely on us to provide the advanced assistance, monitoring and support they need to continuing enjoying the comforts of home.

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