The stress of caregiving can take a toll on your emotional wellbeing, whether you’re a part-time caregiver or provide home care for a parent with Alzheimer’s. While most caregivers begin by asking their friends and family for help, there often comes a point when more support is needed, or a person simply feels more comfortable talking to someone who is outside of their immediate social network. Fortunately, there are multiple places where you can turn to find emotional support that will ease your stress and enhance the care you provide to your elderly loved one.
During a time of crisis, many people turn to their church home to find support. While religious organizations can be an excellent resource, it is important for you to remember that others may not realize the stress that you are going through unless you reach out. Whether you need to speak to a member of the clergy or prefer to have your name added to the prayer list, consider letting someone know that you are in need of emotional support.
Sometimes, it can be helpful to have an outsider’s perspective that allows you to talk about difficult topics such as caregiver guilt. Online support groups abound on the Internet that include both local and long-distance options for support. Simply search for one that appeals to your situation and begin interacting with other caregivers.
Community Support Groups
In every community, there are usually one or more support groups that are related to senior care. Start by checking with your community’s local senior center or inquire at your loved one’s health care facility to find out if there is a support group for caregivers nearby. Then, make arrangements so that you can attend regular meetings either once a week or monthly.
Few people can understand the emotional challenges that come with providing long-term care to a loved one like another caregiver. If you have a professional caregiver who assists with your loved one, consider opening up to them about your struggles. You may also connect with another caregiver at a support group or even in a doctor’s waiting room. If you meet someone that you feel a connection with, ask to schedule a time when you can both talk freely. Sharing your feelings over a cup of hot coffee or tea can be very soothing.
If you find that your stress has become overwhelming, it may be time to seek professional assistance. Research professional counselors in your area who specialize in family counseling. Then, arrange for some caregiver respite care and schedule an appointment. By taking charge of your emotional health, you will ensure that your loved one receives the best care that you can provide.
With the right resources and support, meeting your senior loved one’s care needs will feel more manageable. If you need an ear to listen or a hand to help, turn to Home Care Assistance. We offer respite, hourly, and live-in care, as well as Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s home care in El Dorado County. Our caregivers are compassionate and expertly trained, our dedicated Care Managers are available 24/7, and all of our care services are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. For more information on how our care services can benefit both you and your loved one, give us a call at (916) 358-3801 or (530) 409-4411.