Most families have strong connections, strong bonds. When one person is having trouble, struggling with their life, others rally around to support them. This often plays out across the country, day after day, year after year. Most of the time, these loved ones supporting elderly and disabled family members don’t view themselves as caregivers, but that’s precisely what they are.
In most of these situations, too, those family caregivers don’t think twice about the challenge. They don’t even bat an eye. They see their loved one in need and jump right in. However, the struggle and challenge of being a caregiver can be so tremendous that even if you’ve already started, you can think about what will happen in the future. What you can do in the future.
Why can’t you just continue being the caregiver?
You can. There’s absolutely nothing saying you can’t. However, if you have never done anything like this before, it’s going to be tough. Just because you have a close, personal relationship with the elderly parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, spouse, sibling, or other family member doesn’t mean things will be easy.
The stress of being a caregiver can become quite intense. In fact, it can be so overwhelming at times that you might feel ready to just quit. That’s a good sign of burning out.
When a caregiver burns out, a lot of things can happen. A lot of things can be missed. Just think about being so frustrated, so worn out, so distracted that when you leave your father’s house (for example) you aren’t certain if you locked all the doors. What if it’s something even more pressing than that? Like you forgot to turn off the stove or burner?
That’s just a small example of what could happen when you burn out as a family caregiver. Another potential threat is that you don’t want to bother one day.
You get so worn out you just want to stop. You want to give up. At the end of a long day, you don’t want to deal with anything anymore. Maybe your father is expecting you after work.
He’s counting on you to swing by, bring him some food, drop groceries off, switch over the laundry, or do other things, which you would normally do.
But tonight, because you’re so burned out and frustrated, you simply don’t want to. This is one simple example of why it’s so critical that you pay attention to the details, why you need to think about this going forward.
It’s easy to get caught up in the moment.
It is, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a rational, reasonable approach to things moving forward. You can still be that caregiver for dad, but you can also get help. Professional caregivers are the perfect solution. Through our agency, you can find someone to alleviate the pressure, give you some time off, and still be a wonderful support for your elderly loved one.