Posted on: November 21, 2018

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Caring for a loved one may seem like a simple task. But it can bring on stress at the most unexpected times. Here are the top 3 reasons family caregiver stress occurs when caring for a loved one on your own.

Working above and beyond abilities

Family caregivers can turn in to Wonder Woman or Superman when it comes to taking care of a loved one. They think they can do it all. Family caregivers care so deeply that they attempt to assist with needs that are above their skill level. They may also find themselves working around the clock for their loved one.

Lack of sleep

Over exerting yourself or working too many hours without adequate sleep can cause exhaustion. This can cause you to be irritable and have a hard time concentrating on simple tasks. As a result, important dates or events such as birthdays, anniversaries or appointments may be forgotten.


Family caregivers put forth so much time and energy caring for their loved one that they tend to forget about themselves. If illness does arise, the question of who will take care of your loved one can leave them feeling overwhelmed and stressed.

If you or someone you know is experiencing family caregiver stress, a senior care advisor is available to assist you in managing your loved ones life. Care advocates provide a wide range of services from monthly check in visits to facility placement assistance. For more information, visit or complete our contact us form to discuss how care advocates can help you.