Pitfalls and Difficulties of Family Caregiving

Older woman refusing medication at homeBeing able to provide in-home care for your loved ones is usually the most desirable option when faced with the reality of needing specialized care for a family member.  Many families attempt to fill the role as a caregiver, not realizing that there are difficulties that they must consider. Ultimately, this can make the situation much more complicated than they had originally planned.

Often the bond between being a family caregiver and their loved one can be tested as power struggles develop.  Many times it is adult children that are forced to take care of their parents in a role reversal.  This new dynamic can often strain the relationship. A battle of control is waged where the parent believes they know what is best for them; when, in fact, their ability to make the right decisions is compromised due to their condition.  The caregiver is forced to fight through the guilt, and be strong enough to make the tough choices which will lead to the best outcomes for their loved one.  The choices become increasingly hard when the impact of providing the care is fully realized.

Being immersed in the care of a loved one for a long period of time lends itself to burnout quite easily.  Without the proper training and experience, the stress can become overwhelming.  The reality is that caring for a family member is a very emotionally and physically taxing venture. The increased stress can lead to fatigue and anxiety, which manifests itself in the form of headaches, back pain, and poor sleep and eating habits.  With the focus shifted so much to the one being cared for, the caregivers ultimately begin to neglect themselves.  This type of environment is the breeding ground for one of the more hurtful pitfalls, which is resentment towards the loved one being cared for.  Resentment can blossom into bitterness and anger between family members, and can cause irreparable damage to relationships.

Unfortunately, resentment is not reserved solely for the one being cared for, but is also felt towards other family members.  Statistically, it has been shown that about 25% of family caregivers resent other family members for not assisting with the care of their loved one.  About 31% of those caregivers admit that they are in need of more help.  These are the types of situations that can cause rifts in families, and the breakdown of familial relationships.

Providing in-home care for your loved one is a gift that is truly priceless in the eyes of many.  Doing it on your own may seem like the wisest option, but when weighing the pros and cons it becomes increasingly clear that choosing a professional to do the job could save unwanted strains on your health, finances, and relationships.

Here To Help Home Care is well aware of the obstacles involved in providing care for your loved ones.  Our highly trained staff of professionals understands the nuances of caregiving, and is able to navigate the common pitfalls that inexperienced family members often stumble through.  By providing the care for your family member, Here To Help Home Care allows you to focus on the importance of spending quality time together as a family.

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