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Stress on the person providing care

By on April 9, 2012 in Health with 0 Comments

What does a person who provides care do?

The person providing care provides basic care for someone with a chronic medical condition. A chronic condition is an illness that lasts a long time or does not go away. Some examples of chronic conditions are cancer, stroke, multiple sclerosis, dementia, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

If you’re a caregiver you can be doing these things for someone else:

  • Lifting
  • Turning in bed
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • By feeding
  • Cooking
  • Shopping
  • Paying bills
  • Running errands
  • Giving drugs
  • Accompanying
  • Giving emotional support

Why is being a caregiver so hard?

The person to whom you are caring for may not know or know you more. The person may be too ill to talk to you or to follow simple instructions. This can cause you would be hard to think about that person the same way as I thought before she fell ill.This may be especially true if the person to whom you care for dementia.

The person you’re caring for may also have behavioral problems such as yelling, hitting or leaving the house and lost.This behavior can make you feel angry and frustrated.

How can I tell if caregiving is putting too much stress on me?

Common signs of stress in the person providing care include:

  • Feeling sad or moody
  • Mourn with more often than they used to
  • Having a low energy level
  • Feel that you have no time for himself or herself
  • Having trouble sleeping, or not wanting to get out of bed in the morning
  • Having trouble eating or overeating
  • Seeing friends and relatives less often than it used to
  • Losing interest in hobbies or things you used to do with friends or family.
  • Be angry with the person you are caring for or against other people or situations.

Furthermore, it is likely you will not get any thanks from the person you are caring for. This may add to their feelings of stress and frustration.

What should I do if I feel overwhelmed and stressed?

These feelings are not bad nor is it meaningless. Providing care to an individual can be very stressful. As a caregiver is so difficult, some doctors think of caregivers as “hidden patients.”If you do not care about himself or herself and keeps well, can not help anyone else.

Talk to your family doctor about your feelings. Keep in touch with friends and family members. Ask for help in giving care.Asking for help does not mean you are a person failed.

Seek help where you live. Community services may include home-delivered meals, transportation, legal or financial advice and home health services such as physiotherapy or nursing.You can also ask your church or your synagogue services or volunteers who can help. You can also get help from support organizations.

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