Stress of Providing Care Leads to Emotional Problems

by | Feb 12, 2016 | Senior Care

Two elderly ladies sat in the garden together

Whatever you think of chronic stress and worry, there’s one thing we can agree on: they’re no fun.

Constant worry can sap the joy out of life, weakening your immune system and damaging your health. WebMD links stress to a host of ailments, including depression, gastrointestinal problems, heart disease, dementia, and the big one, premature death.

Yet that’s the position families sometimes find themselves in when they take on the responsibility of caring for an elderly parent or a loved one who is disabled. It gets even worse when the family is spread out so that the responsibility falls overwhelmingly on one person.

The fact is, three in ten caregivers consider their caregiving situation to be highly stressful, while another two in ten reports moderate stress. More than half say their caregiving takes time away from family and friends.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Love of a parent or disabled relative shouldn’t mean that you give up your own life.

We created Stay at Home just for this kind of challenge. We would love to be the ones who make sure that your mom or dad is getting to their doctor’s appointment, eating healthy meals, taking their medications on schedule, and living in a safe and tidy home. We would love to be the ones who help you be a loving son or daughter rather than an overstressed caregiver.

Please contact us at 888–791–8449 or Stay at Home and let us show you how you can get your life back.