Caregiver in Vernon Hills IL
When Amanda was taking care of her aging grandmother, she became part of an interesting group in the United States. She became a family caregiver. There are tens of millions of family members taking care of elderly and disabled loved ones, and one thing the vast majority of them simply don’t think about when they agreed to be providing some type of care for their loved one at home is the impact it’s going to have on their own life.
Some people take care of their loved ones because they feel it’s their responsibility. Out of a sense of duty or familial obligation, they take on this important role as a caregiver. Over time, stress will likely build for that person. Whether it’s stress directly related to concerns about their elderly loved one’s safety, especially when they can’t be there for them or about the things they are neglecting in their own life, such as work, it can lead to anxiety and even depression.
Amanda used to spend time with her friends on a weekly basis. Every Wednesday they would get together for lunch at a local café. They would spend an hour talking about the respective lives, sharing memories, and enjoying each other’s company. Lately she hasn’t been able to do this. Her friends would call her on a regular basis, sharing their sympathies and checking in with her, but over time those phone calls began to diminish.
This eventually led to a bit of depression for Amanda. She felt like she was missing out on some of the best years of her life all taking care of her grandmother. She didn’t want to tell her mother or anybody else in the family what she was going through because she was worried about what they might say. She thought they may be disappointed in her, thinking that she was a failure, or assuming she didn’t want to be her grandmother’s caregiver anymore. She loved spending time with her grandmother, but every free moment seemed to be devoted to that and that alone.
National Anxiety and Depression Awareness Week is May 3rd through the 9th and for any caregiver who is experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression, it is very important that they confront those issues as they arise. Ignoring stress and anxiety and even depression can cause numerous emotional and even physical problems, such as hypertension and more.
Eventually Amanda addressed the situation and her family discussed the prospect of hiring a professional caregiver to assist her a few days a week. That allowed her time to pursue her own interests, relax, and feel better about life.
If you or an aging loved one are interested in caregiver services near Vernon Hills, IL, call the caring staff at Harmony Home Care Inc. at 847-382-6200. Providing Care in Barrington, Inverness, Arlington Heights, Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Crystal Lake, Lake Zurich, Huntley, Hoffman Estates, & Vernon Hills.
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