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There’s Another Option Besides Being a Family Caregiver

Caregiver Stress in Southampton NY

One thing that’s all too common among many of the estimated 44 million family caregivers working in the United States right now (Forbes) is the feeling like there’s no other option. These Caregiver-Stress-in-Southampton-NYindividuals believe they are the only ones who can take care of their aging parent, grandparent, or other family member.

They might believe it’s their responsibility. After all, this senior was there to support them through their teenage years and young adult life as they struggled to find their footing and figure out what they wanted to do with the rest of their life. They owe it to them, right?

No, no one owes anyone anything. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a family member, friend, or someone else.

People need to do things for one another out of love, but they also need to be realistic about how much it’s going to cost everyone involved. For example, the family caregiver may have to give up some time with friends, working out, or playing certain sports or doing other hobbies.

The senior may have to give up certain autonomy or independence because of their physical challenges, limitations, or health issues that make it difficult to live on their own without any type of support.

It seems easiest and most convenient when a family member is willing to step up and help support an aging loved one. It makes sense on the surface, but when stress becomes more commonplace, anxiety is the rule rather than the exception, it’s going to have a negative impact on the relationship and the quality of care the senior receives.

There is another option.

While some family members honestly believe this is their responsibility, something they absolutely must do for the elderly individual, they may even feel guilty if they don’t consider it. However, the best option is to always consider a professional and experienced home care aide.

The value of experience.

For seniors, no matter what types of health issues or physical challenges they face, quality of life should always be a top priority. Yes, safety is important, but an experienced caregiver will understand the value of staying active and doing things that are interesting to the senior.

Experienced home care aides will also be able to recognize certain safety issues or hazards that can easily be overlooked by somebody younger, who isn’t dealing with limited strength and balance related issues.

Just because it may feel like there’s nothing else the family member can do besides caring for that senior himself or herself, there is. It comes in the form of a home care aide, especially somebody hired through an agency.

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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