What Are the Unseen Risks of Being a Busy Family Caregiver?

What Are the Unseen Risks of Being a Busy Family Caregiver?
The moment you take on the incredible responsibility of being a family caregiver, you may not know exactly what to expect. This could be an aging parent or other loved one who requires assistance. You want to be there for him or her and perhaps you feel it’s your responsibility.

There’s no way you were going to turn your back on this individual.

You might live in the same house, such as with a spouse. You may live in the same town as your elderly mother or father. You may live within a 30 minute drive from this family member. You simply weren’t going to turn your back on them when they needed help.

Just because you have a personal relationship with this individual doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy to be their family caregiver. There are plenty of risks associated with being a ‘busy’ family caregiver. You could be busy raising your own children, working a full-time job, working several part-time jobs, or taking on other responsibilities.

The busier you are, the more you run the risk of making a mistake, being injured, having a health issue of your own to deal with, and more. Below are a few of the unseen risks commonly associated with being a family caregiver and the stress that comes along with this type job.

Rushing around.

When you have very little time to do things throughout the day, you probably drive a little faster, roll through stop signs or red lights, and run up and down stairs without a second thought. All of these increase safety hazards for you and other people, especially when out driving.

Poor sleep.

You’re not sleeping as well as you use to. You can’t fall asleep that quickly at night. You wake up several times. Stress is going to do that to you. When you’re not getting enough sleep at night, your brain and body are not recuperating and you will have difficulty focusing, will experience low energy, and that can lead to a number of other safety issues.

Declining health.

If you are not taking time to prepare and eat healthy meals every day, your overall health will be in decline. If you don’t get enough exercise every day you will also be facing serious issues.

These are just a few reasons why it’s so important to consider the prospect of relying on home care support services. Just because you have a personal relationship with this individual doesn’t mean you have to be their de facto caregiver. There are other options to keep both of you safe and healthy.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Cottonwood Heights, UT, contact the caring staff at Interim Healthcare. Call today 801-401-3515.

Author: Michael and Marlena Hawkins, Owners, Interim HealthCare, Salt Lake City, UT 

Interim HealthCare of Salt Lake City has been in business since February 2014, providing in-home personal care and support services that help our elderly and/or disabled neighbors live enriched, safe and independent lives. Our goal is to provide customized care and support services that make it possible for our clients to remain in the comfort of their own homes rather than relocate to an assisted living facility.  Interim HealthCare is family owned by Michael and Marlana Hawkins, and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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