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Physical Health Effects of Family Caregiving

By Ruby Cemental

Caring for your loved one at home can significantly impact your life. Research has shown that caregiving can be stressful and sometimes overwhelming. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the positive and negative physical health effects of family caregiving. 

Benefits for Caregivers

There are many benefits for caring for an aging parent. The chance to spend time with your loved one and give them the attention they need is a worthwhile purpose. You can learn more about your loved ones life, do activities together, and grow closer.

Caregiving for your family member can also relieve some of the financial burden of paying for professional care. By caring for a loved one yourself, you can also see their progress or health complications firsthand.

Family caregiving tends to work best with a senior who needs minimal or medium levels of supervision or care and a caregiver who can devote time to their relative without the need for an outside job. 

Potential Problems

Although caring for a loved one full time can be rewarding, there are several potential problems that can affect the health of both caregiver and senior. Being a caregiver requires a lot of focus and attention which can be very stressful at times.

High stress can lead to:

  • Headaches or migraines

  • Muscle aches and pains

  • Poor diet

  • Lack of sleep

  • Decline in overall health.

For many caregivers there are also secondary stressors that can cause psychological distress, and more.

Solution

If family caregiving is no longer the right fit for your family, don't worry. Caring Senior Service has been helping seniors and their families for 25 years. Our caregivers can be part-time or full-time depending on your seniors needs. We can step in when you can't be there for your loved one or when you just need a break.

At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your seniors manage their daily activities. Learn more from our team of experts in our Caregiver Stress Fact Sheet.

Learn the Facts to avoid Caregiver Stress

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