Caregiving, the Ultimate Act of Love - But It Can be Stressful Too

It’s not always easy for children to help their parents when they need in-home care.  It’s not always practical for sisters to help brothers when they don’t live here in Southern Delaware.  It’s most difficult for spouses to help each other when one or the other has an age-related illness. 

When the need arises Seniors Helping Seniors® is here for you when a family member is recovering from a stroke or has started to slip quietly into Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, or a myriad of other health issues.  Seniors Helping Seniors is here to help with daily activities, to be supportive and to deliver respite care for a loved one.   

In a recent report AARP stated that “Most of us have cared for or will care for an adult friend or family member who is ill, frail or disabled.” Some 40 million Americans are doing so now. 

3 million of those family caregivers are over age 75.  A high proportion of them, 68 percent, consider their situation highly stressful.  And surveys show that between 40 and 70 percent of caregivers have significant symptoms of depression.  They may feel isolated, resentful or frustrated.  These feelings are understandable and normal.  But when these emotions reach unhealthy levels, they can be managed by sharing those stories of your daily caregiving challenges and by seeking respite care to help carry the load (or if u prefer, responsibility.) 

“Perhaps the most important service we offer is respite care.” Says Amy Mcdermott, owner of the area’s Seniors Helping Seniors here in Sussex County and lower Kent.  “They think they care do it all.  They may be able to but often it’s not without resentment or emotional pain.  The stress is hardest on the caregiver and that’s where we come in.  Seniors Helping Seniors can be called upon to assist your sister or spouse, your brother or father, with loving care and understanding.  We are here for you.  We are more than just a company, we are a friend.

Seniors Helping Seniors is a business founded to help provide seniors with the ability to choose to live an independent lifestyle in their own homes, as long as possible, with the dignity and respect they deserve.  They offer assistance in daily living activities such as cooking, light housekeeping, small repairs, shopping, personal care, transportation to doctor appointments, a trip to the beach, a drive to the movies and a companion to watch it with, and more.   

When you’re a caregiver, it’s important to take care of yourself.  When you need a break, Seniors Helping Seniors will step in 24/7 or for just a few hours to keep life moving smoothly.  Contact them for a free consultation if you are looking for support at a reasonable price.  Go to or call 302.858.7330 to learn more.

Seniors Helping Seniors

…A way to give and to receive®