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Caregivers Houston: Balancing a Loved One's Needs With Your Own

When caregiving becomes a burden, everyone suffers. It is so important to take care of ourselves, especially when we care for others, be it children or our aging parents. The following article discusses this very topic, giving information and a few statistics. Hiring At Your Side Home Care caregivers full time or in a respite situation is also a helpful option.

Caregivers Houston: Balancing a Loved One’s Needs With Your Own
When you’re a caregiver, finding time to take care of your own health can be challenging; but doing so will help both you and your loved one.
By Krisha McCoy, MS

Do you provide assistance for an older person who needs care? People of all ages can be caregivers, but it is very common for older people to become caregivers to their spouses or other loved ones, and – too often – they begin to neglect their own health at an age when they should really be paying more attention to it.

Caregiving is both mentally and physically stressful, and caregivers are considered to be at increased risk for physical health problems and depression. If you are a caregiver in your senior years, it is even more important that you take care of your own health.

The Health Effects of Caregiving

Whether caring for an ailing spouse or another loved one, many caregivers become so concerned with their care-providing role that they neglect their own health, putting themselves at increased risk of:

  •     Poor physical health: 16 percent of caregivers say that their health declined after they become caregivers.
  •     Psychological stress: Approximately half of all people who provide Alzheimer’s care, a common type of elder care, report experiencing distress. The effects of psychological stress can be widespread and may include depression, burnout, alcohol and drug use, and other problems.
  •     Self-neglect: Caregivers are more likely than non-caregivers to eat poorly, be sleep deprived, not exercise, not rest when ill, and postpone medical appointments.
  •     Death: Caregivers are at higher risk of dying than the general population.

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For information about how At Your Side Home Care can help your family with caregivers in Houston, call 832-271-1600. We are an elder care agency that is dedicated to helping the elderly, veterans and the disabled in Houston and the surrounding communities.

Donna Wrabel, LMSW

For most of us, the word "home" evokes warm feelings of comfort, security and well-being. For older adults, home also means holding tight to cherished memories and maintaining self-esteem and independence. When illness, injury or age make life a little more challenging, remaining at home in a comfortable, familiar environment encourages recovery and enhances the quality of life. Home can be defined as a private residence, an independent or assisted living facility or even a short term stay in the hospital, we recognize the additional benefits provided by a personal, professional assistant.

Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.

Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week