Elder Care in Charlotte NC
Being your aging parent’s or elderly loved one’s caregiver can be a challenging, time-consuming and emotionally draining experience. Of course you want to do whatever is needed to provide your parent with the best possible elder care, but doing so is wearing you thin.
Maybe you just need a respite.
Respite is a short period of time, or break, from something challenging or overwhelming. It is also one of the many benefits to hiring a home care provider.
- A chance to relax
- An opportunity to spend time with friends and family
- The ability to take care of errands that may often get neglected
- A chance to catch up on doctor visits
- A chance to take a nap
- Peace of mind knowing that your aging parent or loved one is the the care of a trusted individual
Combat caregiver burnout
Often, the toll of caring for an aging parent can lead to caregiver burnout. Caregiver burnout is defined by WebMD as a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude — from positive and caring to negative and unconcerned.
Caregiver burnout usually occurs when a caregiver feels that he or she is not getting enough help or when he or she tries to do more than they can handle, physically and mentally.
If you are at risk of caregiver burnout, you may experience:
Caregiver burnout can mimic signs of depression. Those symptoms include:
- Social withdrawal
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Feeling hopeless or helpless
- Emotional and physical exhaustion
- Changes in weight and/or appetite
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Getting sick more often
How home care can help
Your loved one’s home care provider is there to assist you and your loved one as much as possible. This includes assisting with daily household tasks that have become increasingly more difficult as your loved one ages and providing needed respite services. Utilize your home care provider as much as you can. Doing so will make caregiving for your loved one all the more better.
Many caregivers find respite a welcomed and necessary service. Do yourself a favor, take a much needed break and take advantage of respite services from your home care provider. It will do you and your aging parent or elderly loved one a ton of good.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Charlotte, NC, contact Caring at Heart today. Our staff will answer all of your questions about caring for an aging adult. Serving Charlotte, Statesville, Ballantyne, Mooresville, Huntersville, Matthews, Concord, Gastonia, Pineville and Indian Trail. CALL TODAY (704) 837-4564.