How Home Care Can Take the Fear out of Caregiving

Caring for a family member can be overwhelming and unfamiliar. But, family caregivers are not alone. Homecare professionals can provide support to help ease some of the fears that caregivers may feel when caring for a loved one. Learn how Home Care professionals can help take the fear out of caregiving and keep caregivers at their best.

What if something happens?

Family caregivers often experience anxiety and uncertainty about the well-being and future of their loved one. It can be hard to anticipate what the future holds and the loss of control can be emotionally taxing. Because health situations can be so uncertain, it’s important for caregivers to have a plan in case something does happen. Home care and in-home caregivers can provide additional assistance and act as a safeguard to help families stay in control of the care their loved one receives.  Home care professionals including Home Health Aides, Registered Nurses, and Therapists can provide an extra level of skilled care for patients and help support family caregivers facing unexpected and unfamiliar situations.

What if I fail?

Family caregivers may worry that they are providing insufficient care, missing important warning signs, or are unable to foresee and handle complications that may arise. The fear of failure can weigh heavily and be a source of anxiety for many. And, while many caregivers try to suppress these feelings, some of the anxiety they carry can unintentionally transfer to their loved one. With the help of a trustworthy home care provider, family caregivers can breathe a little easier. Experienced in-home caregivers have the training and experience to recognize and identify symptoms before they develop into something more serious and can help alleviate the pressures and anxiety associated with caring for a loved one.

What if my emotions get the best of me?

Approximately 40-70% of family caregivers experience clinical symptoms of depression that often stem from loneliness and isolation. Friends or family members caring for a loved one may feel afraid to show emotion or ask for help out of fear of appearing selfish or ashamed that they can’t handle it all. Without the proper support system, caregivers may feel burdened by all the work and subconsciously harbor feelings of resentment for their loved one caused by the stress of the situation. Patients are not the only ones who can benefit from home care, family caregivers can seek help from non-judgmental home care professionals who understand the difficulties of caregiving. And, with the help of a Medical Social Worker family caregivers can assess the situation to determine alternative or supplemental means of providing care for their loved one.

Assisted Home Health is here to help and we are dedicated to providing families and patients with the support that they need. To learn more, visit www.AssistedCares.com or call 800-949-6552 and speak to one of our friendly professionals today.

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