Stress Management Guide for Family Caregivers

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Whether it’s finding time for your own family responsibilities or dealing with a temperamental loved one, being a caregiver can be a stressful job. If it remains unaddressed, caregiver stress can lead to complete burnout that not only endangers your health, but the quality of the care you provide your parent, grandparent or loved one.

As a leading provider of Caledon in-home care, we understand the challenges that family members face when providing care for a loved one, including excess stress. To assist families, we wanted to share a short guide on how to manage stress in a way that still allows you to be a valuable asset to your loved one.

Seek and Accept Help

Don’t be afraid to seek and accept help from other family members and friends while you run errands, grab a cup of coffee or catch up on sleep. Consider respite care in your area if you’re not able to get substantial assistance elsewhere. Respite care can be scheduled on a live-in or hourly basis and involves a professional caregiver coming to your home to assist your loved one so you can take a break. Professional live-in or hourly caregivers in Caledon can help with a range of services from meal preparation to personal care.

Set Up a Schedule and Know Availability

Take time to set up a care schedule with other family members and professional caregivers so you can tend to your other responsibilities and get regular breaks. Ask family members to let you know when they’re available so you’ll know whom to call should your stress level start to climb.

Give Yourself a Daily Break

Take at least a half hour each day to get some personal time. You can use this break to do activities you enjoy like reading or tending to your garden. Although it may seem like you simply don’t have enough hours in the day to spend any of it on yourself, doing so can help to relieve stress and can boost your mood. Even meditating or performing deep breathing exercises for 10-15 minutes can allow you to go back to your caregiving duties refreshed.

Share Your Feelings

Talk to other family members and friends about what you’re feeling and how you’re coping with what you’re experiencing with your loved one. Another option is to join a caregiver support group. You should be able to find a listing of resources online or get a recommendation from your loved one’s doctor. If you aren’t comfortable going to an in-person support group, there are many online forums where you can discuss concerns with others in similar situations, exchange advice and enjoy a wealth of invaluable support.

Stay well rested, take time to eat, get some exercise and keep your own doctor’s appointments. When you’re refreshed and recharged, your loved one also benefits. To learn more about caring for the caregiver or to find support services nearest you, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Caledon. We offer flexible care schedules and have a team of professional and compassionate caregivers who are also expertly trained to provide stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia care in Caledon. Call 905-951-8885 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation with a friendly Care Manager.