In-Home Care and Stress

Is it possible to care for an elderly family member in ones home and still not be stressed out all the time? I found it very difficult but yet rewarding to care for my husband's grandfather in our small trailor.

Wanda in Nevada, 41

Having an additional person in a small trailer is potentially stress-inducing itself. Add to that the responsibilities of caring for an elderly person and the situation might be too much for you. As a caregiver, you must remember to take care of yourself or else you might experience burnout or resentment. Doing some small things for yourself such as going to an exercise class, or a movie, or whatever makes you feel good goes a long way in supporting your emotional stability. Learn to delegate responsibilities. Get help from friends, family, community resources, your local religious affiliation, clubs, and charities.

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