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Why It Is Time to Take Care of the Caregivers Themselves

Time to Take Care of the Caregivers Themselves
Who said caregivers don’t need caregiving?

This question may have stemmed from the presumption that being the givers of care themselves, they don’t need it?

The reverse is quite true. Caregivers need more of the care and support than many of us do.

Caregiving stands as one of the most stressful jobs there are. This is primarily because, unlike many other jobs, caregiving involves the whole being of the person when dispensing care to his or her ward. Taking care of an elderly, sick, injured or developmentally disabled entails physical, mental, emotional and psychological efforts.

Caregivers are humans, too, so it is normal for them to feel angry, depressed, tired, unhappy and alone.

Caregiver Stress

Yes, there is such a thing as caregiver stress. It is the emotional and physical stress brought about by the act of caregiving.

According to the website Mayo Clinic, people who experience caregiver stress can be vulnerable to changes in their own health. Risk factors for caregiver stress include:

  • Being female
  • Living with the person you are caring for
  • Social isolation
  • Having depression
  • Financial difficulties
  • Higher number of hours spent caregiving
  • Lack of coping skills and difficulty solving problems

Mayo Clinic further says, “As a caregiver, one may be so focused on her loved one or client that she doesn’t realize that her own health and well-being are already suffering. Watch for these signs of caregiver stress:

  • Feeling overwhelmed or constantly worried
  • Feeling tired most of the time
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Gaining or losing a lot of weight
  • Becoming easily irritated or angry
  • Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Feeling sad
  • Having frequent headaches, bodily pain or other physical problems
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs, including prescription medications.”

OptimumCare Home Care Services Looks After the Caregivers

Our firm OptimumCare Home Care Services, the all-encompassing non-medical home care in Opitz Boulevard Woodbridge VA, not only takes care of our patients. We do look after the caregivers of the patients, too. We know too well what they go through.

Our Family Respite Care is intended for that very purpose. Through this service, we offer current caregivers the chance to step back, spend time with family, take that much needed vacation, or to simply rejuvenate. It’s important to take a break from caregiving once in a while in order to continue providing the best in mental, emotional and physical support of a loved one.
To all caregivers out there, we know that your job is an extremely stressful endeavor. Sometimes, you just need to step away from the situation and take a break. Don’t feel guilty about that! At such times, we’ll step in so that you can take that much needed break to recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your spirit. Doing so enables you to become a better caregiver for your loved one. Short-term respite care is a temporary option for those who need to focus on themselves or their families, not only to reduce the risk of injury and depression, but also to enjoy time with family or to take that well-deserved vacation. Give yourself a break. We’ll step in and take care of your loved one so that you can take care of yourself.

It’s our company’s way of saying you are not in this alone. We are always with you when you need us.

And when that time that you will need us comes, you can always contact us in any of our three locations. Below are the contact details:

  • Headquarters
    2200Opitz Boulevard, Suite 210 Woodbridge, VA 22192
    Phone: 703-490-8003 Fax: 703-995-4585
  • McLean Office
    8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300 McLean, VA 22102
    Phone: 703-490-8003
  • Fredericksburg Office
    2324 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
    Phone: (540) 369-6802Fax: (540) 369-6793

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Have you had any experience taking care of a loved one? What is it like? Please feel free to use the space below for your views.

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