As the population ages, more care is provided for people who are not health professionals. These informal caregivers provide 80 percent of long-term care in the US.
A caregiver is any person who provides assistance to another needy person, such as a sick spouse or partner, a disabled child, or an aging relative. However, family members who actively care for an older adult often do not identify themselves as "caregivers." Recognizing this role can help carers get the support they need.
Care is rewarding, but stressful.
Care can have many rewards. For most caregivers, it is a core value and something you want to provide when a loved one needs you.
However, a change of roles and emotions is almost certain. It's natural to feel angry, frustrated, exhausted, alone or sad. Caring stress – the emotional and physical stress of nursing – is widespread.
People who suffer from caregiving stress may be susceptible to changes in their own health. Among the risk factors for caregiving stress include:
- Be female
- Less years of formal education
- Cohabitation with the person you care for
- Social isolation
- Financial difficulties
- Higher number of Hours for care
- Lack of coping skills and difficulties in solving problems
- Lack of choices as a caregiver
Signs of nurse stress
As a caregiver, you can focus so much on your loved ones that you do not Realize that your own health and well-being are suffering. Pay attention to these signs of stress in the caregiver:
- Overwhelmed or constantly feeling worried
- Most of the time being tired
- Too much or too little sleep
- Easily irritated or losing weight
- or angry
- 19659023] Losing interest in activities that you have enjoyed before
- Being sad
- Frequent headaches, physical pain or other physical problems
- Alcohol or substance abuse, including prescription drugs
Too much stress, especially over a longer period of time can damage your health. As a caregiver, you are more likely to experience symptoms of depression or anxiety. In addition, you may not get enough sleep or physical activity, or you may not be well-balanced. This increases the risk of medical problems such as heart disease and diabetes.
Strategies for Managing Nursing Stress
Emotional and Physical Stress Nursing demands can burden even the most resilient individuals. That's why it's so important to use the many resources and tools available to help care for your loved ones. Remember, if you do not take care of yourself, you can not take care of others.
To cope with the stress of the nurses:
- Accept the help. Get ready with a list of methods that will allow others to help you and let the helper decide what he or she wants to do. For example, a person might be willing to take the person you care for a walk a few times a week. Someone else might offer to pick up food or cook for you.
- Focus on what you can do. Sometimes it's normal to feel guilty, but understand that no one is a "perfect" caregiver. Believe that you are doing the best and making the best decisions that you can make at a given time.
- Set realistic goals. Split large tasks into smaller steps that you can perform sequentially. Prioritize, create lists and create a daily routine. Start refusing rejected requests such as hosting holiday meals.
- Connect. Learn about the care of resources in your community. Many communities specifically report the illness your relative is facing. Nursing services such as transportation and food delivery may be available.
- Join a support group. A support group can provide validation and support, as well as problem-solving strategies for difficult situations. People in support groups understand what you are going through. A support group can also be a good place to build meaningful friendships.
- Look for social support. Strive to stay in good contact with family members and friends who can provide unremarked emotional support. Take time each week to connect, even if it's just a walk with a friend.
- Set personal health goals. For example, set a goal to establish a good sleep routine or to find time for physical activity most days of the week. It is also important to provide the body with healthy food and plenty of water.
- Contact your doctor. Get recommended vaccinations and check-ups. Make sure you tell your doctor that you are a caregiver. Do not hesitate to mention any concerns or symptoms that you have.
It may be hard to imagine caring for your loved one, but a break can be one of the best things you can do for yourself – as well as the person you care for. In most communities, there is a kind of relaxation care, such as:
- Relaxation care at home. Health workers come to your home to offer companionship, nursing services, or both.
- Facilities and programs for adults.
- 19659052] Some centers look after older adults as well as small children, and the two groups may spend time together.
- short-term care homes. Some nursing homes, nursing homes and nursing homes accept people who need them to take care of short stays during the absence of caregivers.
The caregiver working outside the home.
Almost 60 percent of nurses work outside the home. If you work outside your home and feel overwhelmed, consider stopping your work.
Employees covered by the Federal Law on Family and Nursing leave may take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to care for their loved ones. Ask your HR office for opportunities for unpaid leave.
You are not alone.
If you are like many caregivers, it will be difficult for you to ask for help. Unfortunately, this attitude can make you feel isolated, frustrated and even depressed.
Use the local resources for the nurses rather than self-employment. Contact your local AAA agency for information about the services in your community. You can find your local AAA online or in the Government section of your telephone directory.
Release date: 2010-03-23