There is no doubt that taking care of the elderly is a worthy and admirable pursuit, yet being a caregiver is far from easy. Caregivers face a mixed bag of emotions, such as love, loss, anger, sadness, loneliness, frustration, guilt, and fear – often on a daily basis. It’s common for caregivers to feel isolated and alone, feeling as if they are carrying this heavy burden all by themselves.
One of the key ways family caregivers can cope with these feelings is by having emotional support. Research has proven that caregivers who get sufficient emotional support fare far better and provide elderly homecare longer than those who don’t.
The Right Kind of Emotional Support
While there’s no question that family and friends can be a valuable support system, they may not be particularly helpful during complex caregiving situations. This can be the result of unresolved childhood rivalries, changing family roles, a strained marriage and so on. Even with the best of intentions, siblings, children, or mates may not always provide the right kind of support.
This is not to say that you can’t look to your family and friends for support, but it simply means you may need additional support for the best results.
Your Emotional Support Network
Caregiving involves numerous stressors, such as changes in family dynamics, financial pressure, household disruption, adjustments in schedule, and exhausting work. This kind of emotional overload is more than one or two family members can handle alone, thus the need for a wide network of support.
To figure out what would help you best, ask yourself what would help you feel more supported:
• Someone to listen to you – without any judgments?
• Spending time with others who are facing similar situations?
• More information about your loved one’s condition or illness?
• Time for yourself?
Often the answer is all of the above. Many caregivers for seniors found that joining a support group is the best way to receive the kind of help they need. Remember the old adage, “trouble shared is trouble halved”? A caregiver support group allows you to share your troubles and get practical advice and suggestions. The best part is knowing that you are not alone.
Another important way family caregivers stay emotionally balanced is by incorporating reliable homecare solutions into their daily lives. A few hours off each day (or each week) can make a world of difference.
If we lived in a perfect world, each of us would be in a position to provide care for those in need – while still taking good care of ourselves. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world. There comes a time when caregivers must ask for help. When that time comes, ClearCare is here to give you the kind of respite you need. You’ll get some much-needed time off while having the certainty that your loved one is being cared for properly. The family caregiver software provided by ClearCare is an easy-to-use system that allows you to keep watch over your loved one, even when you can’t personally be there.
ClearCare’s exciting technology is already benefiting countless caregivers and their families. Why not see what it can do for you?