Most of the time illnesses and other health related challenges in life have a tendency to sneak up on us. On some rare occasions we may be hit with the full-blown flu, for example, and be completely caught a surprise. However, most of the time we are readily aware that there are various risk factors surrounding us, so when we do get sick or begin dealing with some serious health issue, we aren’t all that surprised. When you are a family caregiver, stress can actually sneak up on you.
You might think this is going to be an easy job.
Unfortunately, not many family members see taking care of an elderly loved one as a job. When they don’t view it as such, they may take it too lightly, a not focus on the right things to do, and may not be as dependable as they should.
When a person has a job, they have a specific expectation for their responsibilities. They may have to show up at a specific time. As a family caregiver, if you don’t see what you do as a job, you may show up when you have time, at your convenience, or only when called.
When that elderly person begins calling you frequently, even in the morning, afternoon, and at night, it’s going to get frustrating. Suddenly that simple job is no longer as easy as it once seemed.
You may not think about the future.
Your mother, father, or other family member may have recently been dealt a serious health issue. You might not be thinking much about the future, especially the long distant future. You don’t know what next month will bring.
If you’re not thinking about the future, you’re probably not thinking about all the things you’ll likely give up as this senior requires more and more help from you. It could be time with your spouse, friends, or even time you devote to your career.
Stress will impact work and relationships.
Eventually, this caregiver stress you experience, the one that will sneak up on you over a matter of weeks or months, will start to negatively affect your job, your job performance, and even your relationships, including possibly your marriage or your best friends.
It can even affect your health.
The more stress you’re under, the less likely you’re going to eat healthy, get restful sleep, and take care of yourself. You may even give up exercise because you simply don’t have time.
When you’re aware that stress can affect you, you give it less of a chance to sneak up on you and, ultimately, negatively impact your health, relationships, and life.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of caregiver services in Northport, NY or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Star Multi Care Services today at (631)956-8835. We are the Right Choice for Home Health Care Services!
From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.