Tell Us: What’s Your Caregiving Stress (Day 4)?

Denise

Tell Us: What’s Your Caregiving Stress (Day 4)?

Denise
As you may know, I’ve been collecting data about your caregiving stress, the overlooked epidemic in our communities. During a recent webinar, The Family Caregiver’s Stress, I shared the current results of our ongoing survey and share thoughts about what’s needed to minimize the stress.

We know that caregiving stress can be ongoing. I also believe that caregiver stress is constantly changing, that what stresses you on Monday is replaced by a different stressful situation on Tuesday. To show the constant and changing face of caregiving stress, I’d love for you to tell us about each day’s caregiving stress over a period of five days. Your stories about your day’s caregiving stress will make our data about your caregiving stress that much more compelling.

In our comments section, below, tell us about the stress you’re feeling today.

(I’d love for you to share your experiences in our two two-minute surveys. In the first survey, please tell us how you rate your stress. In our second survey, please tell us how your stress impacts your health and your day.)

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Anita Henson

On Day 4 my stress level was a 1. it was actually a good day. Mom was perky and I took her to the hairdresser to get her hair done. Minimal stress as we tried to step up the curb...no ramp in this little shopping mall. The salon has a step up also. I'm finding out I should take Mom's gait belt with me when we go out. She will feel more secure, but I moved it. I can't find it! Now I know why Mom and Dad keep things in a certain place. After years of doing that, they know where everything is. Lesson Learned. Thursday is Mom and Dad's date night for dinner. They had minestrone and spaghetti. But later that night the real stress for me began. I'll relate on Day 5 because that is really when it all started.