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HOME CARER BURNOUT – WHEN YOU LOVE AND CARE FOR YOUR FAMILY MEMBER AND IT STARTS TO AFFECT YOUR MENT

Mental Health America set out to raise awareness of mental illness and mental health resources 70 years ago when it recognized MAY as "MENTAL HEALTH

AWARENESS MONTH”.

We are offering this platform to explore family members who are facing various challenges in Home Care with regards to their personal Mental health.

Considering the above statement on Mental health awareness, we pose the question, What does mental health and the family home carer have in common?

What does Mental health mean for you, if you are caring for a family member?

Let us explore the following scenario.

Patty, a wife who has been caring for her seriously ill husband, expressed to her friend while having a cup of coffee catch-up, her shock and disbelief at the

person that her husband has become. In addition, while sharing her pain, she also apologises for sharing this as she feels so guilty to express herself – After all,

he is a kind a good husband and an excellent father and provider for their children.

"Who is this angry, mean, guilt-ridden person who lives in his body now, who is never happy with what she does for him?”

Caring for a seriously ill family member can bring up many unexpected emotions, and it's no wonder. You as the family carer are in the line of all the outward

changes and inner complexities - mostly experience the impact directly. There is often a dual emotional experience, one where you can care as you love this

person and are sorry for what they are going through and then the other of dismay; as they can become so difficult to care for.

They can be abusive, unappreciative, angry and also they may be in a disease process that they deteriorate rapidly, despite your supportive love and care.

For the care giving wife/husband/family member, stress and anger can spill over into the other areas of their normal day to day life, affecting their work and

other social interactions. Long term the stress can create resentment and affect the actual compassionate care role. This affects the Mental health of the care

giving wife/husband/family member.

You as the family carer can be sad, withdrawn, lonely, angry and feel that no-one really supports or understands you.

There is support for you and help for you and this does not have to be a lonely journey.

When difficult emotions threaten your mental well-being, A-Motus supports and understands your needs and we care for you. We shall be discussing and

exploring during the month of May, home care supportive strategies for you.

A-Motus Assisted Care is a specialised and professional Home Care Services – "WE CARE FOR YOU"

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