Nearly a third of New River Valley adults are family caregivers at risk of physical and emotional maladies resulting from caregiver distress.
As a result, Home Instead Senior Care, which serves the counties of Montgomery, Pulaski, Giles and Floyd, and the city of Radford, has launched a public awareness campaign to help caregivers determine if they are at risk of distress and minimize problems before they escalate.
Caregiver distress is a potentially dangerous condition brought on by the pressures of caring for a senior loved one. It can result in heart disease, diabetes, depression high blood pressure, obesity and other physical and mental problems.
Family Caregiver Stress Relief, at FamilyCaregiverStressRelief.com, includes tools such as an “Are You a Caregiver Quiz?,” designed to help a family caregiver recognize the role of a caregiver, and a “Family Caregiver Distress Assessment” to help caregivers assess their risk and the emotional and physical issues arising from distress.
The assessment was developed by Dr. Peter Vitaliano of University of Washington, specifically for Home Instead, the world’s largest provider of non-medical in-home care services for seniors.
“So many spouses and adult children are unaware of their potential risk of caregiver distress because they don’t see themselves as caregivers. These new resources enable them to understand their role, the stresses they may face as a caregiver, and how that stress might lead to more serious health effects,” said Debbie Witt, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office.
“It’s important for caregivers to understand that stress can impact one’s ability to care. If they don’t care for themselves, they may put their senior loved ones at risk,” she added. “Whether it’s support groups, stress management techniques or respite help, caregivers need to realize the importance of managing their health, too.”
For more information about the services of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving the New River Valley in the counties of Montgomery, Pulaski, Giles, Floyd and the City of Radford call 540-260-3160 or visit www.homeinstead.com/633.