Ease Caregiver Stress with Veterans Home Care Services
Anyone who is ever acted as a family caregiver for an aging veteran understands the concept of caregiver stress. Few people go into an arrangement as a VA home care provider fully understanding all of the responsibilities that such an arrangement entails.
After several weeks of providing ongoing care for a veteran senior who is suffering from mobility issues, cognitive challenges or medical conditions that need frequent attention, even the most dedicated of caregivers will begin to experience feelings of stress and burnout. Not only is caregiver stress dangerous to the physical and psychological health of the caregiver, but it can also make a devastating impact on her relationships with her partner, her children and, primarily, the aging veteran to whom she is offering in home care services.
Overwhelming feelings of caregiver stress make it difficult to fulfill the obligations of caring for an aging loved one effectively, and can lead to resentment and a lower quality of life for everyone involved.
If you have been experiencing caregiver stress, or wish to avoid these feelings, don’t hesitate to contact a home care services agency in your area to discuss hiring an in home care provider. Home care services companions are available on whatever schedule you need to provide supplementary care for your aging loved one so you have the opportunity to take time off and focus on yourself, your marriage, your children and your other obligations.
You should not think of an in home care provider as a replacement for the care that you provide for your loved one, but rather as an enhancement of this care. The home care companion is there to offer assistance with a wide variety of daily activities of life, as well as management of physical, cognitive and medical symptoms that you may not be comfortable handling on your own.
Simply knowing that you will not need to take care of tasks such as bathing your loved one or helping him use the restroom can take a tremendous not stress off of you, and help you to feel more comfortable in your role as a family caregiver.
For more information on the VA Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit that helps senior veterans pay for in-home care services, or if you have a general question about VA Home Care, please don’t hesitate to call Veterans Home Care at 888-314-6075