Three Reasons Some Family Caregivers End Up in This Role (Having Never Anticipated It)

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Elderly Care West University Place TX: How Caregivers wind up taking care of seniors

Late at night, listening to the sound of rain gently cascading off the roof and dripping into puddles outside your bedroom window, do you ever wonder how this all started? You never thought you’d be a family caregiver, but there you are, struggling to sleep, your eyes so heavy, your body completely exhausted, and the stress showing signs of abuse on your body, mind, and spirit.

You never anticipated having to do this.

Most family caregivers don’t. November is National Family Caregivers Month and if you think you’re alone, think again. There are an estimated 44 million Americans acting as family caregivers, according to Forbes magazine. Most of the time these family caregivers are supporting aging parents, but they could be looking after a disabled child, their spouse, or even siblings.

Most of them never anticipated taking on this important job. So how do people end up as caregivers in their family? Below are three common reasons this happens. You may find yourself agreeing with at least one or two of them, but remember the stress of being a family caregiver is not going away unless you do something proactive about it, such as relying on help from outside.

Reason #1: No one else was stepping up.

Perhaps it was your elderly mother who landed in the hospital. You looked to your brother, sister, or others in the family, especially those who lived a little bit closer, but everyone had an excuse. So, you stepped up.

Reason #2: You live in the same town.

It makes sense if you live in the same town to help him or her out, doesn’t it? Of course, it does, but just because your drive to and from this person’s house is only a few minutes, it’s the amount of time you’ll devote to them in the weeks and months ahead they really begin to exacerbate the stress you feel.

Reason #3: You didn’t think there were better options.

Maybe you heard about home care agencies but thought that was unreasonable or unaffordable. The truth is it’s the most cost-effective senior care option there is that allows elderly men and women to remain at home.

If you book through an agency, you can even hire somebody for part-time care, which is a great way to transition from being a full-time primary family caregiver overwhelmed with stress and anxiety to let a professional, experienced caregiver do that work.

By leaning on a professional caregiver, you can focus your energies on the relationship that may have suffered from this senior as a result.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in West University Place, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas

About the author: Sid Gerber
Sid Gerber is a founding partner of S. Gerber & Associates, a firm representing over 25 years of experience specializing in a broad range of long term care products and services including but not limited to care assessment, planning and management, care co-ordination, in-home caregiving services, quality assurance monitoring, and the securing of financial independence and asset protection utilizing insurance products from major carriers to pay for long-term care. Mr. Gerber helps family members make difficult long-term care decisions and provides them with the necessary education and resources to plan and manage their long-term health care and financial needs. In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston. In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA). Sid Gerber is a Google Verified Author