Stress can be distracting for your elderly family member and it can cost her greatly. Stress is not helpful for her physically and it’s definitely not helpful on an emotional level. Finding a way to deal with stress before it’s out of hand is vital.
Identify What’s Stressing Her
So many different things can be creating stress for your senior. Everything from her own health to the well-being of other family members can be a cause for stress. Your senior may not even realize some of the many things that are contributing to her own stress levels. This is particularly true when your aging family member is experiencing loss that increases her stress.
Solve What You Can Solve
Some situations that are stressful are easy for you to fix. For example, if cooking and eating stresses out your elderly family member, hiring senior care providers to help her with cooking can relieve that stress. Other stressors are not so easy to solve, like health conditions that have become chronic or that have worsened. These are situations you may be able to help her manage, but that you can’t get rid of entirely.
Establish a Support Network
Having a solid support network is going to go a long way for your aging adult in helping her to deal with her stress. You’re a pillar of this network for her as her primary family caregiver. Other members of the support network might be other family members, friends, and even therapists. Her doctor and other medical care providers can also be part of that network for her. Look at what is missing for your senior and then work to add those tools to her support network.
Get Extra Help When You Need It
Your elderly family member might not need some tools or assistance now, such as therapy. But down the line, she might find it helpful. When you start to notice that extra help would be beneficial, don’t wait to get that help. In fact, if you can line up some forms of help before you or your aging family member really need them you’ll know where to go when that time comes.
Following this process regularly can help you to get much better at spotting stressors in your senior’s life. It also gives you a path for dealing with future stressors before they take too much of a toll on your aging adult.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care in Anaheim, CA, contact the caring staff at No Place Like Home Homecare today at 951-382-5266.