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Your Rights as a Caregiver for Mom Can Impact Stress

Caregiver Stress in New York NY

As the caregiver for your mother, you have noticed a significant decline in her physical capabilities over the years.  After careful consideration, you decided you didn’t want to worry about her Caregiver-Stress-in-New-York-NYsafety and would instead be there to support her.

Whatever brought you to this particular decision, it’s important to realize you don’t give up your rights as an individual to care for your mother. When you begin giving up various aspects of your own personal life, when you begin giving up your right to spend time with your other loved ones and friends, when you give up time at work and the pursuit of hobbies and other interests, you’re going to experience an increase in stress.

What kind of rights do you have as a family caregiver?

You have the right to say no.

Just because it’s your mother, it doesn’t mean you have to give up anything of your own personal life. If you don’t have the time, emotional desire, or ability to provide the best care for her, you can say no.

Hiring an experienced home care aide to support her within the comfort of her home may provide numerous benefits for not just her, but for you as well.

You have the right to your own time.

When family members begin taking care of elderly loved ones, they often do so for just a few minutes every day. However, once seniors begin to realize the benefits of having somebody else support them, they often require more and more assistance.

That can lead to family caregivers giving up more and more time out of their own day. You have the right to your own time, including being able to relax and unwind at the end of a long day.

You have the right to privacy.

Just as your mother has a right to privacy, so do you. If you tell your mother you can’t stop by to visit with her the following day, she may ask you why not. You both have the right to privacy.

You have the right to ask for help.

When you feel overwhelmed with stress as a family caregiver, you should feel free to ask for help. You may turn to family members, such as a sibling or spouse, or you can turn to an experienced caregiver from an agency.

As a caregiver, it’s important to remember your rights as that will help you reduce stress in the long run.

If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in New York, NY, contact Star One Home Care and Medical Staffing at 718-733-2222 or 914-362-0899.  Call today!


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Patricia Coffie, RN, MFA

Patricia Coffie, RN, BSN, MFA is Director of Client Services & Director of Phoenix Nurse Aide Training Center. Before assuming the post in 2012, Patricia was the Director or Nursing & Service Delivery at WRC for 3 years where she was the strategic lead for nursing and services to members.

Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.

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