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How Is the Cleanliness of Your Home Affecting the Stress You Feel as a Caregiver?

Caregiver Stress in Chicago IL

Many adults have a tendency to focus on keeping their home clean, healthy, and safe, not just for themselves but everyone else in their family. For a person who is considered a family caregiver-an individual providing some type of support for an aging loved one when they require it-it’s not always easy to deal with stress of that type of work.

There are many things that tend to get left out from their daily activities, including cleaning up after themselves, vacuuming, and maintaining a clean home environment.

When that happens, stress can increase tremendously. Somebody who is used to cleaning their home on a regular basis, returning home at the end of the night and seeing a nice, clean, orderly environment, can feel anxious, frustrated, and even angry at the look and appearance of their home now.

Caregiver stress is a very real concern people need to consider when providing any type of care and support for an elderly loved one. Whether it’s a mother, father, or other family member or friend, being a caregiver it’s a full-time job that needs to be taken seriously.

The amount of time devoted to the elderly individual may seem to be minuscule at first, but more often than not when people begin receiving extra care and support, they ultimately begin relying on it more and more into the future.

That’s going to place increased pressure and stress on the family caregiver’s time. That could then lead to less cleanliness at home. As a person begins experiencing increased stress, frustration, and anxiety, mostly due to less time to focus on things that matter to them as well, it will eventually lead to less focus and effort in keeping their own home environment clean.

So how does this issue affect you, as a caregiver?

It can lead to frustration, feelings of anxiety, and even resentment toward the person who relies on you as a family caregiver. It can also affect your health.

It’s no secret that a filthier home increases the risk of those living in that house getting sick more frequently. You may feel rundown, fatigued, and you might even be dealing with the common cold or other viruses more frequently.

There’s no reason to accept this as a necessary component of being a caregiver and ensuring safety and well-being of your loved one. Rely on home care support to help care for the elderly individual and that will give you enough time to focus on things that are also important to you, whether it’s relationships, work, or keeping your home clean.

If you or your elderly loved one are in need of help for family caregivers in Chicago, IL, and the surrounding areas, contact Right at Home Oak Park Chicago at (708) 445-6000. We serve the communities of Oak Park, Forest Park, Elmwood Park, Broadview, Galewood, Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norridge, Harwood Heights and Chicago’s west side. 

Right at Home Oak Park/Chicago is owned and operated by Robert Stelletello. His background includes extensive experience in business, finance, insurance, not for profits and real estate. He has been an owner of Sunshine Care Alzheimer’s Group Homes in Poway, CA for over 20 years and was the Executive Director for Meals on Wheels Chicago as well as being a program manager and creator of the Community Kitchens welfare to work job training program at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Robert is married with three children and lives in Wheaton, IL.

The Oak Park/Chicago office of Right at Home is a locally owned and operated franchise office of Right at Home, Inc., serving the communities of Oak Park, Forest Park, Elmwood Park, Broadview, Galewood, Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norridge, Harwood Heights and Chicago’s west side. For more information, contact Right at Home Oak Park/Chicago at www.rahoakparkchicago.net or call 708.445.6000.

Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

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