Senior Care Resources and Information in Charlotte, NC

Mixed Emotions, Caregiver Stress, and How to Improve One’s Outlook on Life

Caregiver Stress in Charlotte, NC

Senior-Home-SafetyThe end of the year holidays increase depression for many people. That’s because while others are focusing their energies on spending time with family and friends, spending an enormous amount of money on gifts, traveling, and sharing their life with the people most important to them, others may not have those opportunities.

There could be any number of reasons why somebody may experience an increased amount of stress, anxiety, or even depression around the holiday season. For the person who is considered a family caregiver (somebody who’s taking care of an elderly loved one or disabled adult sibling or child, for example), they may be experiencing an incredible amount of stress.

Stress can increase the chances of dealing with a number of other emotional challenges. Somebody who is under a great deal of stress will likely be anxious about their loved one, their job, their finances, and that can lead to some type of depression or at least depressive symptoms.

Looking to the future with a positive mindset.

Many people believe that staying positive is the best way to encourage positive things to happen to them. However, this is not always easy or practical for many people.

At the end of the year, while everyone else seems to be laughing, singing, and enjoying their Christmas bonus, New Year’s plans, and other celebrations, it can seem to exacerbate your own challenges in life. How can you stay positive and improve your outlook when you’re dealing with so much caregiver stress taking care of your aging mother or grandmother?

Look for other options.

There are plenty of other resources that can help provide the optimal level of care and support for your aging mother or grandmother. A home care aide is a great asset for anyone, regardless of their physical capabilities, health issues, mental capacity, and more.

When you hire a home care aide through an agency, this individual can support your loved one for a couple of hours a week or full-time, around-the-clock care.

Just a few hours a week can be more than enough for most people to get some time off, get exercise, spend time with friends, and pursue the things they may have given up during the process of caring for their loved one.

If you’re having some mixed emotions about caring for a loved one, don’t think you’re alone in this. There are plenty of resources available and a great support system when you hire a home care aide through a local agency. That, in itself, can help to open your eyes to a brighter, more fruitful, and better life, including a higher quality of life for your aging loved one.


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Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith, Founder and Co-Owner of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte is hands on with every detail of Golden Heart’s business. Natalie emigrated to the United States from Ukraine. Coming to this country, she did not know a word of English and her and her mother had virtually nothing. Through hard-work and determination as well as through the assistance of social organizations, Natalie learned English, educated herself and grew to be a business owner. It was while working as a caregiver and putting herself through school that Natalie came to love working for, and with, seniors. It was this passion for taking care of others (as well as her past experience where she herself was on the receiving end of help) that led Natalie to always want to open her own home care agency. She takes a tremendous amount of pride in providing quality care to the clients of Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. As such, she uses her corporate experience in management to oversee the selection and hiring of caregivers for Golden Heart Senior Care of Charlotte. In addition, Natalie continuously engages with clients to ensure they are more than satisfied with the care they receive and constantly looks for ways to improve herself and her company.

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