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Summer 2016 Edition
Fifty-Five Percent Of Caregivers Feel Overwhelmed
Millions of Americans provide care for aging or chronically ill family members at home, but according to the American Psychological Association’s most recent Stress in America survey, caregivers are among the most-highly stressed Americans. Fifty-five percent of caregivers say they feel overwhelmed by the amount of care their aging or chronically ill family member requires. Additionally, caregivers are more likely than those in the general population to say they’re doing a poor/fair job practicing healthy behaviors, including managing stress and getting enough sleep.
How can you give your best efforts to your loved one, while also avoiding the dangers of over-stress and burnout? The suggestions below can help:
Stress management tips for caregivers
- Learn about the cause, symptoms and course of the person’s condition. Anticipate changes.
- Be realistic about what you can and cannot do. Don’t feel guilty if you can’t do everything on your own. Ask for help when you need it.
- Let the older person make his own decisions and solve problems if he/she is able. Set limits to the amount of assistance you will offer, if necessary.
- Delegate responsibilities and ask other family members and friends for help whenever possible.
- Discuss your feelings and experiences with others. Stay in touch with friends. Isolation can further increase feelings of stress. Social activities can help keep you feeling connected to others and help with stress.
- Join a support group for caregivers in your situation (such as caring for a person with dementia). A support group will allow you to receive emotional and moral support
and share insights and understanding with other caregivers.
- Give good care to yourself by watching your diet, exercising regularly and getting enough rest.
- Contact your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for information and referrals for resources or support groups that are available in your community.
- If you experience any signs of depression (for example extreme sadness, trouble concentrating, withdrawal, or hopelessness), don’t delay in getting professional help for yourself. Depression is a serious but very treatable condition. Contact an EAP counselor for help.
Your EAP is here to help
Remember, your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is always available to help you or your dependents with any type of personal, family or work-related concern. All EAP services are FREE and strictly CONFIDENTIAL. If you need some help, why not call an EAP counselor today? We’re here to help.