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The Truth about Caregiver Depression

Caregiving is hard work. As an aging adult’s needs change and evolve over time, it becomes easy for their caregiver to begin neglecting their own personal health. Before long, caregivers find that they are tired, moody and have little connection with those outside of their immediate caregiving circle; all symptoms pointing to a common and often overlooked condition, caregiver depression.

At Las Vegas Home Care Assistance, we want to stress that caregiver depression is real and it does not reflect your love for the person you are caring for. Feeling sad, anxious or depressed does not make you a bad person. It is important for caregivers to acknowledge that this does happen and that you are not alone. In fact, it is estimated that between 40 and 70 percent of caregivers experience depression at some point during the process of caregiving, whether providing care for an aging parent, grandparent or spouse.

When you are busy with your own family, household and job, as well as taking care of an older loved one, the demands on your time can quickly become exhausting. You may feel like you do not have time to properly take care of yourself, much less go to the doctor. However, if you are experiencing any signs of depression, you need to seek help immediately. You will be better able to take care of yourself and your loved one if your own health needs are met first.

One of the most important things you can do for yourself as a caregiver is to reach out. Find a group, or even one person, who is in a similar situation. There are many caregiver groups available locally throughout the nation and with the internet, online caregiver groups and forums are always readily available. Sometimes, realizing that you are not alone in this journey can be enough to help give you a mental boost and a bit of encouragement. Talking about your feelings, your fears and the difficulties you are faced with each day can often provide relief as well.

For adult children caring for their parents, adjusting to the role reversal is often as difficult as it is emotional. However, with the right mindset, support systems and information about caregiving, you can prepare for the journey ahead and tackle it with confidence and a positive outlook.

Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of in-home care for seniors. While our highly trained and experienced caregivers can help with meal preparation, personal care, medication reminders and more, our services can benefit the caregiver as well. With part-time home care in Las Vegas, family caregivers can step away from their caregiving responsibilities, taking the time they need to rest and recharge, while knowing their loved one is in professional and caring hands.

To learn how our professional Las Vegas caregivers can promote independence and quality of life for your aging parent or loved one, click here or contact a Care Manager directly at (702) 550-3185. We’re available 24/7 to answer questions and offer complimentary, in-home consultations if you would like to further discuss care options.