Have you ever had one of those days, or mornings, to be more accurate, when you just didn’t want to wake up? Most of us probably have, far more often than we would like to admit. There are some days when we are completely exhausted, drained, both emotionally and physically. For the average family caregiver in the United States, the stress of this type of work, whether it’s looking after a spouse, disabled adult child, parent, or someone else, can be tremendous.
Most people don’t think about it as a job.
That’s one of the most significant mistakes people often make when they agree to look after a loved one. They don’t see it as a job. They may view it as their personal responsibility or something they would love to do as a way to show their appreciation and love for this individual, and while it may seem relatively easy at first, the reality eventually, almost always, rears its ugly head.
If somebody is having difficulty getting up in the morning, is looking at the clock and knows it’s time to get in the car and head over to their loved one’s house to check on them, help them prepare dinner, go shopping for them, or do any number of other basic tasks, but keeps putting it off, for 10 minutes, for 15 minutes, for an hour, or even more, it may not seem like that big of a deal, but it is.
What does the senior expect?
The person relying on this level of care and support may feel completely powerless. Yes, a quick phone call to let them know you’re running late is one thing, but if this becomes a pattern because of the stress of being a caregiver, reaching a point of burning out, it’s only going to get worse.
When the stress of being a family caregiver gets to this point, when it overwhelms that individual, it’s time to think about other options. One of the best options is to hire a home care aide.
Through an agency, home care support is available for just a couple of hours at a time, one, two, or more days a week, at least to start. This can provide that family caregiver the time off he or she needs to recuperate, recharge, and feel rejuvenated.
Who knows, the senior may ultimately realize there is great benefit and experience when it comes to providing care and support and they may want this to continue.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of home care to reduce caregiver stress in Northport, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.