This blog post is for all the people going through life stresses associated with caregiving.
As a CABR Seniors Real Estate designee, I am trained to help my clients prepare for housing transitions for their senior loved ones. My background as a Masters Level Individual, Couples and Family Therapist coupled with my SRES designation lends itself to this specialty in the world of real estate.
I find that the clients that seek me out for this type of work are dealing with many types of stress. They are often faced with very busy schedules, care of children young and old, and the stress of caring for loved ones that are beginning to make decisions about their future living situations. Clients often reach out because they need help developing a plan to address these issues. My expertise is helping them navigate their particular situations, beginning the work of starting conversations with their loved ones, preparing their loved ones current homes for the marketplace-downsizing-organizing-donating, looking through the many housing options available in their communities and providing valuable resources to help with the process.
You can find many articles related to Seniors in my blog, A Real Estate Guide, that address each of these steps. https://www.hellersells.com/guide
Caregiver stress is real
This quote from the Caregiver Assistance Network is a window into the stress of caregiving.
“Nearly one out of every three people in the United States are caring for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend. Many of them need resources to learn how to take care of their family members, as well as themselves, in order to avoid isolation, burnout or illness.”
Please see the following resources available for caregivers
Do you frequently help an older loved-one with housekeeping, grocery shopping, errands, meal preparation, transportation, paperwork, or personal care (bathing, getting dressed)? If so, you are one of more than 65 million Americans who provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend.
Many caregivers do not identify themselves as such. They tend to see themselves as just doing what they are supposed to do as a spouse or child. However, they are more inclined to seek help and become more skilled if they identify themselves as a caregiver.
Council on Aging’s Caregiver Support Program can help. The program provides one-on-one support for family or volunteer caregivers.
The program works to:
- Reduce caregiver stress, burden and injuries
- Increase caregiver confidence and knowledge
- Improve the quality of care
- Help caregivers balance their lives and caregiving responsibilities
- Provide respite care (time off/away for the caregiver) in an appropriate, safe environment (not available in Clermont County)
To qualify, the caregiver or care recipient must be at least 60 years old and the caregiver must live in Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton or Warren counties. There is no age requirement for family caregivers who provide care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or related disorders with neurological and organic brain dysfunction.
For more information, review the Caregiver Support fact sheet or
AARP provides helpful information in the link below
*For information on Caregiver Burnout and Ways to Cope with Stress- See link below provided by AARP.
Cleveland Clinic Resources are also available on their website
As I discussed above, caring for our loved ones can be challenging but there are resources out there to help.
If you are feeling the effects of caregiver stress and want to seek help, you can also seek out a counselor or join a caregiver support group. You don’t need to feel alone. There are so many people that would love to connect.
- CAREline (513) 869-4483 – a helpline providing resource information, referrals and support.
Please feel free to reach out to me any time. https://www.hellersells.com
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