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December Newsletter: Happy Holidays from Home Care Plus!

Our December newsletter has great information on how in-home care can help lower caregiver stress during the holidays, local events, and more! Click here to read our December newsletter.

Family Caregiving and The Holidays: Stress Less

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The holidays can be merry, but they can also make the merriest among us feel like a grinch. All joking aside, being a family caregiver takes on a whole new level of stress during this busy time of year. The holidays can also make the emotional side of caregiving even more tumultuous as you and your love ones recall happy, healthier times together.

If you consider your everyday caregiving responsibilities and then add decorating, baking, hosting and attending parties, shopping and more to the equation it is impossible not to burnout. And then there is the unsolicited opinion of your caregiving from siblings and other family members to deal with. So how can you make the holidays a celebration of family and friends again? Ask for help!

Let a trusted in-home care company like Home Care Plus help out this holiday season. Whether it’s for a few hours or a few days a week, our skilled, compassionate, dependable caregiving team give you peace of mind that your loved one is being well cared for while you are away. Give us a call at (843) 628-3642 today!

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Caregiving Support Groups Can Help You Feel “Normal” Again

You can find all sorts of articles about how challenging it is to be a family caregiver. There are plenty of statistics on the physical, mental, emotional, and financial toll family caregiving can take on an individual. There is a wealth of information on how to reduce caregiving stress and prevent burnout. As a family caregiver, while these tips and suggestions may be helpful, they may not provide the outlet you are looking for. Sometimes you just need to vent your fears and frustrations and find comfort in the shared experiences of other family caregivers. In this way, support groups can trump other means of caregiver support.

The thoughts and feelings family caregivers experience range from compassion, selflessness, fear, anger, and despair to guilt, loathing, selfishness, hopelessness and regret. And this might just be in the course of a few hours! You may not be comfortable sharing your thoughts with a non-caregiver for fear of them judging you. Caregiver support groups can provide you an opportunity to be open and honest about your thoughts and experiences without having to worry about being looked down upon. Most likely everyone in the room will relate to you and have similar stories to tell. The camaraderie you establish with fellow support group members can leave you feeling “normal” again.

If you are a family caregiver in Charleston, you can find local caregiver support groups on the Trident Area Agency on Aging’s website. You can also find support groups specific to caring for someone with Alzheimer’s at alz.org.