Tell Us: What’s Your Caregiving Stress (Day 1)?

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Tell Us: What’s Your Caregiving Stress (Day 1)?

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As you may know, I’ve been collecting data about your caregiving stress, the overlooked epidemic in our communities. In an upcoming webinar on June 28, The Family Caregiver’s Stress, I’ll share the current results of our ongoing caregiving stress 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.

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KarenLavinia

Today's stress was going back to the assisted living facility to do a walk-thru of the apartment mom just moved out of. After so many meetings, so much pleading for better care for my mom, I became bold. And now I had to face those people again. As it turned out, it was uncomfortable. But it wasn't terrible. I signed a few papers and went back home, where I heard mom chatting with my sister. There was a happiness in her voice that I hadn't heard in months. Worth it!

Lynette Whiteman

I had to be out of the house until 8PM tonight and I have to be out at a work event again tomorrow night. Knowing I have to tell my mother that I won't be home and see her negative/guild inducing reaction causes great stress even though she is well taken care of by an aide.

Michelle

My husband’s caregiver, who usually comes at 8:30, called this morning to say he would be absent. It’s 11:00 and I am waiting for my son to come over after his meeting, to get him up, bathroomed etc.

CathyJ

The stress of knowing I am not doing good self-care and my weekly goal every Monday to do better..that gets sidetracked as soon as the day gets started and knowing I need to take care of myself, but all of the sudden unexpected laundry needs to happen.