Becoming a Caregiver: How to Navigate Your Way through the Stress

Becoming a Caregiver: How to Navigate Your Way through the Stress

As COVID-19 sends us all to our homes and families, many Americans are suddenly finding themselves having to act as caregivers.

Adult children, who never before had to care for someone else’s life, are now having to cope with the stresses of caregiving. They’re having to learn how to balance the time, the money, the work load, as well as how to actually take care of a senior citizen.

If you’ve suddenly found yourself in the same or similar boat, keep on reading for some pro suggestions to help you navigate your way through this ever-changing time.

Remember: You’re not alone.

The most important thing about becoming a caregiver is to remember that you are not in it alone.

In fact, according to AARP’s research report on Caregiving in the United States in 2020, there is an estimated 41.8 million Americans providing care for seniors 50 and older.

This means, that you have resources. And you should take advantage of those resources. You don’t have to figure everything out on your own. You can get help and advice from those who have already gone through what you’re going through now.

And if you’re still struggling to stay afloat, you can always ask a friend or hire an experienced aide to come in and take care of your senior every now and then. This will give you some time to take a breath and get yourself caught up.

Don’t forget about your own health.

When you’re busy taking care of someone else, it’s easy to forget to take care of yourself.

Sadly, 23% of Americans have claimed that caregiving has had a negative impact on their own health- a 6% increase from 2015.

No matter what, you should always be watching your health, both physical and emotional. Don’t neglect things like exercise, nutrition, social interaction, relationships, self-care, etc.

Family caregivers often rationalize that caring for their loved seniors takes precedence over caring for themselves. But, what they don’t realize is that it’s not an either-or situation.

You can care for your seniors and care for yourself.

  • If you’re making a healthy meal for your senior, make one for yourself too.
  • If you’re making your senior exercise, follow along with your own workout.

Find little ways to care for your own health at the same time that you care for your senior’s.

Get paid to be a caregiver.

One of the biggest stress factors of caregiving is finances. The reason is two-fold:

  1. Caregivers often end up dipping into their own checking and savings accounts to pay for their seniors’ medical necessities.
  2. Caregiving takes the time of a full-time job. Which means, that caregivers lose out earning money from jobs they would have been able to do had they not been caregiving.

Ease the financial stress by getting paid to be a caregiver.

Agencies like AmeriBest Home Care are always looking for new talent to join the family. AmeriBest has opportunities for full-time, part-time, and per diem work- no experience necessary!

Sometimes, caregiving isn’t a choice. It’s a necessity.

And, when that happens, you may as well make the most of it.

Life Hack: Get Paid for Caregiving

Life Hack: Get Paid for Caregiving - AmeriBest Home Care

We all know job hunting is hard. We all know getting hired is even harder.

That’s why so many people find themselves jobless in a harsh reality. In the past year, unemployment rates in America increased to 3.9%. That’s roughly 6.3 million people in America with no job, and no income.

BUT, we’re here to fix that.

If you like helping others, we’ve got the job for you! At AmeriBest, you can get PAID for caregiving. We pay YOU to take care of others. It’s as simple as that.

Here’s just some of the great things we offer our employees:

Big Opportunities

With plenty of jobs to offer, AmeriBest is always looking to hire. Positions range from registered nurses, to physical therapists, to occupational therapists, to medical social workers, and more. There’s a whole list of great job opportunities to choose from. All you have to do is pick one and we’ll set you up on the road to success!

Don’t be afraid to find your dream job at AmeriBest.

Built-In Training

After choosing your dream job, we won’t just send you out onto the field to deal with the work alone. First, we’ll train you. You don’t need to have any prior medical knowledge- we’ll teach you everything. We’ll teach you all you need to know, so you can rest assured you’ll be ready and right for the job when the time comes.

Female Community Nurse Visits Senior Man At Home

Reliable Benefits

Our employees matter to us, and so does their health. If you’re working with us, we do our best to make sure you’re healthy and happy, always. Which includes giving you dental, vision, life, and medical insurance. With reliable medical benefits, you won’t have to stress about your own health anymore.

After all- you can’t take care of others, if you don’t take care of yourself first.

Excellent Pay

We offer competitive rates for non-competitive hours. We understand that many of you may be coming from homes where you need to be home some of the time. We strive to accommodate individuals from all lifestyles and backgrounds. So, we offer maximum flexibility with our competitive salaries.

AND, we offer holiday and overtime pay, so you’ll always be compensated fairly.
We care about doing what’s right by all our employees.

Great Environment

At AmeriBest, we pride ourselves on fostering a safe and nurturing place for our employees to work. The kind of environment where you comfortably grow at your own pace, and make a meaningful difference in the world.

Feel free to check out our excellent client and employee reviews!

A Better Future

At AmeriBest, we don’t just give you a job for the present. We give you a life for the future. That’s why we set you up a 401k. So, you can already start saving for retirement, now. Not only that, but with our training program, you’ll have a new practical skillset that you can use anytime, anywhere.

With a job at AmeriBest, you’ll be set for life.