Stress: taking care of the caretaker
for an ill or disabled parent can be particularly challenging
while juggling the competing demands of work, family
and caregiving. It is important to get the emotional
and practical support you need to cope with the
stress of being a caregiver.Taking care of yourself
will help ensure that you are physically and emotionally
able to care for your impaired parent.
one day at a time.
Aging Family Services can provide a variety of caregiver-related
fact sheets and other materials to help you make informed
Don't try to do everything yourself. A sibling, relative
or friend may be able to help you. Or, we can offer
specialized care planning guidance to help you get
through the "maze" of long-term care options.
a support group.
Caregivers face some uniquely challenging and emotional
decisions and daily tasks. You may be able to benefit
by sharing your experiences with others who are in
a similar situation. The table below lists some support
groups in Wake County.
for Aging Parents
Andrews Presbyterian Church
for Family Caregivers
of Kildaire Presbyterian Church
Association of Eastern North Carolina also has
support groups listed on their website.
for Seniors also
publishes a list of local support groups with contact
names and numbers. That list is available in a PDF
format so you can print it easily.
may be good days and bad days. Learn how to communicate
effectively with your parent without laying blame.
It will take some time to arrange services that address
yourself a break.
Remember to schedule some time to relax. "Respite
care" is designed to allow a break for the caregiver,
and can last an hour, a day, or even a week.
Signs of Caregiver Stress
at elder, family, doctors, services
pleasure in anything anymore
of chronic conditions
in appearance of caregiver or environment