You care well for your ill, disabled or ageing spouse, but is your own health slipping?
Spousal caregivers are at risk for stress-related conditions including anxiety, depression, headaches, backaches and sleep deprivation. Eventually, care for an ailing loved one can lead to burnout in which you are depleted physically, mentally and emotionally.
Yet hesitations can arise over enlisting a professional caregiving service for help. After managing the care for so long, you may find it difficult to relinquish your home caregiver duties to someone else. Or, you may struggle with guilt for no longer being able to provide the necessary care. Sometimes it is a challenge to recognize that someone else can oversee your spouse's health as well as you can.
Securing the help of a professional home caregiver is not a sign of weakness or giving up on the ailing family member, nor is asking for at-home care being selfish. Instead, hiring a trained caregiving service is actually showing greater love and concern for your spouse receiving care.
To encourage professional in-home care support, other family members and friends may help you best by:
What benefits do you perceive in seeking the professional help of an adult home care service?