In your normal, everyday life, how much stress do you feel? Most people will experience at least some stress throughout their life. It could have to do with finances, work, relationships, health, and so much more. When you are a caregiver for your elderly mother, stress can affect you more than you realize.
Your mother was recently hospitalized.
It might’ve been for planned, major surgery, but it could also have been for injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident, a health emergency like a heart attack or stroke, or something else. When she is being set for discharge, she will go through a specific recovery time. She might need help with a lot of things during that recovery.
When you are her primary caregiver, expect stress.
As a family caregiver, stress is also going to become part of your life. You can’t avoid it. Even with the best intentions and the best relationship you have with your mother, things are going to grow tense. She may feel exhausted. She might not want to do physical therapy. She may have no desire to exercise one day.
If you push her because you know that’s the right thing to do, how is she going to respond? She might lash out at you. She might say nasty things. She might become belligerent in other ways. She might try to avoid you by keeping her door closed and not coming out from the bedroom.
She may even decide to stop paying attention to what she eats.
All of these things are going to be frustrating. You want the best for her. You want her to be safe. However, if she is not paying attention to what her doctor instructed, is not following through with recovery, her rehab is going to slow down and it can cause significant problems in the future.
Are you ready to deal with that kind of stress?
If you’re not, if you have no prior experience supporting somebody through rehabilitation like this, you need help. Relying on an experienced home care aide, even for just a couple of hours a few days a week, can be just the answer you need. Not only can this caregiver provide a great deal of insight and strategies that will be effective, they can also give you the time off you need to alleviate stress, feel better about your own life, maintain a positive relationship with your mother.
If you or someone you know needs home care to reduce caregiver stress in Dover, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at 603-343-4434 for more information.
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