Caring For Loved One's Can Be Stressful
Acting as caregiver to a family member can be richly rewarding; however, it is also highly demanding of your time and energy. In fact, a study showed that 38 percent of family caregivers find the task to be emotionally stressful. Caregivers often neglect their own self-care, and may need to find ways to integrate their personal needs as part of the regular routine to avoid caregiver burnout. Getting regular exercise, eating healthy meals and taking breaks will in turn allow you to provide even better care to your loved one. Experts also recommend that caregivers find emotional support—there are online resources as well as local support groups available. In fact, we hold a monthly caregiver support group at The Springs which provides opportunities to connect with other caregivers who are familiar with each other’s situation.