How can home care services help alleviate the burden on family caregivers?
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If you are responsible for taking care of a loved one with special needs, you may wish to provide home care in lieu of seeking the service of a nursing home or assisted care facility. While providing home care can be immensely rewarding as well as allow your loved one to stay in the comfort of their own home, it can also take an immense toll on your mental health as well as your relationship with your loved one. Caregiver stress is a growing phenomenon that many family members providing home care to their loved ones in Norcross find themselves undergoing.
According to a report by the Office on Women's Health, caregivers report much higher levels of emotional stress when compared to professional caregivers or those who do not need to provide home care to their own loved ones. This is because loved ones who are providing the care are essentially "on call" at all hours of the day and night; in a professional care facility, nurses and other aides have relief shifts that can assist them with the day-to-day tasks associated with care giving. You also may experience more stress and strain on your relationship because you are caring for someone that you've known your entire life.
This combination of factors can lead to caregiver stress, which can contribute to serious symptoms associated with poor mental health. Many caregivers report clinical levels of anxiety and depression that medical professionals attribute to the constant nature of care giving, and many caregivers do not seek help for their symptoms to further focus on their loved ones. Stressed caregivers also have weaker immune systems, as stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol flood the bloodstream. Caregiver stress can also contribute to overeating, leading to additional health problems associated with obesity.
Comfort Keepers of Alpharetta, GA can help give caregivers relief from their duties with temporary respite care. Our caregivers are thoroughly vetted and trained to be able to provide professional care on an around the clock or part time basis. This will allow caregivers to take time for themselves and get the rest that they need to relieve caregiver stress.