5 ways to reduce caregiver stress

Jasmine Phu

May 26, 2011

Caregivers who feel like they've reached the end of their rope shouldn't feel alone. This type of feeling is common when tending to the needs of an elderly parent or spouse, but there are ways to appropriately manage stress, anger and depression. The Daily Breeze recently suggested a few: 

1. Adult day care center. There are a number of facilities where families can drop off a senior for the day. This can be very helpful to those who are in the midst of their careers but are looking after a patient with a chronic health condition, such as Alzheimer's.

2. Caregiver retreat. Everyone needs a break. Try talking to family members or hiring a professional caregiver to see if a mini-vacation is possible. Even just settling down at home and taking a breather can be immensely helpful for mental health.

3. Home aides. Unable to give older parents the help they require? Try hiring a home aide to help a senior with shopping, errands and doctor's appointments.

4. Medical alert system. While not on the Breeze's list, if one is worried that a parent may fall at home and be unable to get help, this could be an ideal solution. Installing a personal emergency response system at home enables them to do just that, so families won't have to worry as much about senior safety.

5. Exercise. Experts recommend physical fitness as a way to burn off stress and stay in shape at the same time.  

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