Being a caregiver can be many things: Rewarding, fulfilling, gratifying. For most caregivers, being there when a loved one needs you is a core value and something you wish to provide. But it can also be frustrating, exhausting, and stressful.
A caregiver is anyone who provides help to another person in need, such as an ill spouse or partner, a disabled child, or an aging relative. However, family members who are actively caring for an older adult often don’t self-identify as a “caregiver.” Recognizing this role can help caregivers receive the support they need.
Signs of stress
Take care to notice the signs of caregiver stress. Feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried, feeling tired regularly, getting too much sleep or not enough sleep, gaining or losing weight, becoming easily irritated or angry, and feeling sad, just to name a few.
Seek and allow help
Like so many caregivers, you may have a hard time asking for help. Unfortunately, this attitude can lead to feeling isolated, frustrated and even depressed.
Rather than struggling on your own, take advantage of local resources for caregivers. To get started, contact your Local Office on Aging to learn about services in your community.
Here at EZ Rampz, we are committed to doing what we can to improve the quality of life for not only the individuals in need of care, but the caregivers as well. Please contact us with any questions and to see if we can make your job any easier.