It doesn’t take more than a minute or two to look around you and realize that we’re a nation of stressed, depressed, and anxiety-ridden people. Estimates show that around 8.3 million of American adults – 3.4 percent of our population – are in serious psychological distress.
You may be feeling some of that too, especially if you are in a caregiving role.
Caregiving doesn’t just mean taking care of someone in your home. Even if your aging mom or dad is hundreds of miles away, the stress can quickly add up and cause you pain as well.
You may have tried doing things on your own, but are quickly finding it’s not enough. That’s when most people start looking for help.
We typically find people ask for help when:
The person they are caring for
- Has multiple medical or psychological issues
- Is no longer able to live safely on their own
- Is confused performing day to day living tasks
Or if their family
- Is confused on what direction to go and how to find resources that best suit their needs
- Is burned out
- Has limited time or expertise
- Is too far away to provide proper care
- Are at odds about direction and what to do next
Does this sound like you?
Mary lived with her husband and two teenage daughters in LA while her parents resided in Denver. Once a month she’d take the redeye late Thursday night back to Denver to handle caregiving duties for her parents. She’d schedule as many doctor’s visits as she could handle and spend three days running errands, cleaning, and attending to their needs. She’d fly back home late Sunday night and find herself in catchup mode with her family as she started the process all over again. After two years, she was physically and emotionally spent, and her relationships with her husband, kids, and even her parents were stressed.
Caregiving isn’t something that’s yours and yours alone. The sooner you ask for help, the more flexibility you can build into your life, helping you find a better quality of life for both you and your parents.
Reduce the stress in your life by knowing a local person can help with all the small details of aging, giving you more room to focus on what’s truly important.