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10 Emotions Family Caregivers Often Experience

Being a caregiver allows individuals to bond with their senior loved ones, but it can be a stressful job that triggers many damaging emotions. Family caregivers need to learn more about these emotions and how they can manage them. Here are some of the most common emotions caregivers experience. 

1. Loneliness 

Caring for your loved one could force you to withdraw from outside activities. You may spend most of your time providing care and the rest of your time trying to work or get rest. Loneliness could creep in and cause you to feel depressed. You can prevent loneliness by finding time to maintain a social life with people your own age. 

Consider hiring a professional caregiver if you need a break from your caregiving responsibilities. Columbus home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.

2. Grief

Watching your loved one live with a chronic illness could lead to caregiver grief. The inability to stop your loved one’s pain may make you sad. However, having a support team to talk to allows you to express your true feelings instead of putting on a happy face. 

3. Defensiveness 

It is natural to get agitated when others try to critique your caregiving style. However, learning to take creative criticism and ask the other person to help may give you the ability to see things with a clearer mind. 

4. Guilt 

Saying the wrong thing to your loved one or not being able to do more may cause you to feel guilty. As a family caregiver, remember some things are not within your control. Learn to give your best and accept what you cannot change. 

5. Anger 

Too much responsibility, rude criticism, and lack of sleep are some of the things that can cause anger among family caregivers. Built up anger can cause heart disease, depression, and other serious health issues. Learn to express your feelings in a healthy way, and make sure to take time to rest and handle your personal and professional needs. 

6. Fear 

Fear of not doing enough and not knowing if your loved one will get better could cause headaches, overeating, and disrupted sleep patterns. Think about the good times from the past, and plan future outings for you and your loved one. 

7. Resentment 

Seeing other family members and friends living their lives while you are providing full-time care for your loved one may lead to resentment. This is why it is important to balance your caregiving duties with your personal goals and aspirations. 

8. Boredom

Caregivers experience fun days, and then there will be moments when they are bored. If you experience boredom to the point where it is affecting your emotional health, take time off to do things you enjoy. 

9. Disgust 

Some caregiving responsibilities may be too intimate for family caregivers. If you are unable to help your loved one with tasks such as bathing, grooming, and incontinence, hire a professional caregiver who can. 

If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Columbus seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers.

10. Embarrassment 

When you take your loved one out in public, he or she may make impolite comments, have a bathroom accident, or do something else that makes you feel ashamed and embarrassed. Remember your loved one did not ask to be sick, and he or she might be more embarrassed than you.

It’s natural to want to be your loved one’s primary source of care, but in order to protect yourself from negative emotions you may need assistance. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Columbus Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks. To learn about our high-quality senior care plans and revolutionary at-home care methods, give us a call at (614) 481-8888 today.