Posted on Apr 19, 2019

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The Challenges Associated With Being A Family Caregiver In Houston

According to recent research, there are over 43.5 million adults in the US who have provided free care to someone else in the past year. Most of them offer care to adults who are age 50 and above. The average family caregiver spends about 24 hours weekly caring for loved ones, but there are others who do this on a full-time basis.

The burden of being a caregiver is typically higher when the person being cared for is a significant other. Caregiving within a family involves tasks like dressing, bathing, and eating, but also duties that are generally expected of a nurse.

Common Challenges Of Being A Family Caregiver

While it can be rewarding to care for members of your family, there are challenges involved that can leave people feeling anxious and overwhelmed. This includes:

Time Management Issues

People realize that they have very little time for themselves and other members of the family besides the one being cared for. Since so much time is devoted to being a caregiver, it leaves very little time for the activities they generally enjoy, like taking trips and pursuing hobbies. It is also difficult to balance caregiving and work duties.

Physical And Mental Stress

More than 20 percent of caregivers report that their health has worsened while trying to care for others. Those who assist people with chronic illnesses, like Alzheimer’s, seem to have the most issues.

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