Evidence shows that most unpaid family caregivers are ill-prepared for their role and provide care with little or no support, yet more than one-third of them continue to provide intense care to others while suffering from poor health themselves. A substantial body of research shows that family members who provide care to individuals with chronic or disabling conditions are themselves at risk. Emotional, mental, and physical health problems arise from complex caregiving situations and the strains of caring for frail or disabled relatives.
10 Signs You May Need A Professional In-Home Caregiver
The following is a list of 10 signs or symptoms that you should be aware of in order to determine whether you need to consider looking for a professional in-home caregiver.
- Do you feel increasingly depressed?
- Do you feel increased and unexplained anxiety?
- Do you notice yourself more angry and frustrated with tasks that once didn’t bother you?
- Are you starting to feel a loss of self-identity, or do you feel less in control of your life?
- When you go to bed at night or wake up in the morning are you feeling mentally exhausted?
- Are you starting to become more forgetful?
- Do you get physically tired more quickly than you did before?
- Have you started to suffer from acid reflux, or increased headaches, or overall pain?
- Are you finding it hard to separate your role as a caregiver with your role as a family member?
- Have you noticed your own weight loss or weight gain since you began caring for a family member?
If you notice a combination of any of these warning signs, please let us know how we can help. Call Sunlight Senior Care to locate a caregiver within your region that can assess the situation and offer solutions to make it possible for your parent to safely age in their own home!