Asking for Help…To Save Your Health

by Lois Etienne on June 15, 2012

in Alzheimer's and Dementia,Caregiver Support,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Asking for help when the burden of caring for a loved one gets to be too much isn’t a sign of weakness. Many are faced with that stress.

According to a study, Evercare/National Alliance for Caregiving Study of Caregivers — What They Spend, What They Sacrifice, caregivers reported they were spending on average 35.4 hours a week caring for their loved ones, with 19 percent providing care for more than three years and 32 percent caregiving for more than five years.

“Time is the most expensive commodity I provide – but it has no price tag,” one caregiver wrote in a diary. Despite the sacrifice, caregivers also said it was a commitment they made willingly.

Study respondents reported on the personal and emotional impact which includes:

  • Heightened stress or anxiety (65 percent);
  • Difficulty sleeping (49 percent);
  • Increased financial worries (43 percent);
  • Depression or hopelessness (37 percent), and
  • New or worsening health problems (26 percent).

So, as you can see, others share your plight. You need respite help to maintain your health and sanity. Home Instead Senior Care’s non-medical CAREGiversSM often step in to provide respite care to families and are specially trained to work with all types of family situations. For more information, go to

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