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That Stress You’re Feeling? It Could Be the Result of Caring for an Aging Parent!

Caregiver Stress in Southampton NY

Many people experience increased levels of stress and anxiety.  For the busy family caregiver, it may be because somebody needs your help.Caregiver-Stress-in-Southampton-NY

If you’re a family caregiver, you might be taking care of your elderly mother. It might be your father or brother or aunt or uncle. Whoever it is needs help. When somebody needs help, especially an adult who may have, until recently, been able to take care of themselves without an issue, and when you happen to be the one they turn to, you feel almost helpless to say no.

This person might call you frequently, perhaps in the morning to get some help out of bed or in the afternoon to go to a doctor’s appointment or even in the evening to take the garbage out. One call is not a big deal. One hundred calls in a matter of five days is overwhelming. Even if you live five minutes away from their house, every single time they call you for something it’s going to take at least 10 minutes of your time just to drive there and back. Then, whatever they need is going to eat up even more of your precious time.

When you’re trying to squeeze in taking care of your immediate family, a career, and preparing a menu, it’s easy to see how overwhelming and stressful this can be.

If you’re a family caregiver, don’t pass off the stress you may be feeling.  During any time of the year something to consider is hiring an in-home care aide. Usually when you book through an agency you can hire people for just two hours at a time, maybe for just one or two days a week to start. Just imagine how much less stress you may feel as a result.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring professional caregivers in Southampton, NY, call the caring staff at Artful Home Care today at 631-685-5001.

 

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Beth McNeill-Muhs

Beth McNeill-Muhs has been an active member of the East End community since 1998. After graduating from Long Island University in Southampton, Beth began working with some of the Hamptons most prominent living artists and developed affiliations with the communities leading creative arts organizations and institutions, such as the Guild Hall Museum, Parrish Art Museum, Watermill Center and more. After many years in the field of fine art Beth began to understand the importance of art as a tool for healing, as well as an opportunity to engage the mind and transform the way we live and think.

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