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Handling Stress as a Caregiver of an Alzheimer’s Patient

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By  Greg Bechard

Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga

As a caregiver, it is vital that you effectively handle the stress that comes with caring of an Alzheimer’s Patient

Advice from Senior Care Experts

As the Baby Boomer generation ages, more and more people are finding themselves in a precarious position. Many are working had at maintaining a relationship, managing a career, and raising their children. It is quite a juggling act with so many balls continually in the air. It becomes tougher when taking care of a parent with Alzheimer’s disease is added to the mix. Each ball gets tossed around as we try to focus, but if we are not careful, all the balls can come crashing down. In an effort to be the best partner, employee, parent, and child, most caregivers stop taking care of themselves. Soon the stress is overwhelming.

As a caregiver, it is vital that you effectively handle the stress that comes with caring for your senior parent. Before you find yourself frustrated, angry, or even ill, reach out for assistance. Our Alzheimer's and dementia CAREGivers can give you the reprieve you are looking for during this time of life. At Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga, we strive to help families and their loved ones overcome the stress and enjoy each other.

4 Reminders from Home Healthcare Professionals to Handle Caregiver Stress

Life is full of surprises and stressors. Avoid getting caught up in the stress that can come with caring for your loved one. :

  • It is Important to Care for Yourself: If you have ever paid attention to an airline safety demonstration, you may remember that before you put an air mask on your child, they tell you to put on yours first. The same can be said of taking care of your senior. The best care you can give your loved one begins when you are healthy. Start with eating right. Get plenty of rest and exercise. Find time for your hobbies or have a regular lunch date with your best friend. With the assistance of a trained senior caregiver aid, you can rest assured that mom will be okay while you focus some time on your needs.
  • Keep Communication Good and Ongoing: Let’s face it. There will be times when your dad will take more time than you can give your family. It is easy to let the guilt overtake you, and when your partner or children do not understand, it becomes even harder. Make time to speak openly with your family on the importance of helping dad and the demands you face. Ask for their help and suggestions to make the most of this time together.
  • Search Out Support: Check out the Alzheimer Society of Canada for additional resources and advice on handling an Alzheimer’s patient. Consider options such as adult day programs, in-home care, or companionship services, either full-time or as respite care.
  • Have a Discussion with Your Employer: You may be able to make flexible arrangements with your employer to work from home or take time off as needed to help your parent. Come from the direction of partnering together so you are still being productive at work while handling your caregiver responsibilities. The Government of Canada has some resources that may help you talk with your manager.

Be the Best You Can with the Help of Senior Home Health Care  

Give your guilt the boot and instead know you are doing your best to help your family member enjoy this trying season. Sometimes, having a third party as your secret weapon can make a difference. A professional caregiver from Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga can provide the extra support that helps you keep balance in your life.

Call us at (905) 276-2273 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality home care we deliver each day to families in our Mississauga community.


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