As you loved one ages, certain things will change. They will probably need increased levels of care, assistance with mobility and potentially more medical support. It’s important to be honest with yourself about this and plan for increased time and costs.
Supporting a person in need of care requires time and energy. While it is often a rewarding experience, it is always a stressful and demanding experience. Recognizing the signs of caregiver stress in yourself or someone you care about is critical to taking action.
- Denial: Caregivers might deny the current situation or simply underplay it.
"Everyone is making a big deal, I know dad will get better."
- Anger: Caregivers might experience anger towards the senior in need of care or the primary medical condition like Dementia.
"I am going to lose it if I am asked the same question one more time!"
- Social Withdrawal: Caregivers might no longer want to participate in social activities or gatherings.
"I am too tired to go out!"
- Anxiety: Caregivers can experience significant anxiety over what the future may hold.
"I am worried what will happen if I can no longer care for mom."
- Exhaustion and Depression: Caregivers might feel exhausted, hopeless and depressed.
"I can barely get out of bed"
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