WTAP @ 5 To Your Health Report: Caregiver Stress

By: Ninette Sosa
By: Ninette Sosa

The holidays mean something different to everyone.

For some, it's a vacation from work or school.

But to others, it only adds stress to their job as a caregiver.

But there are ways to ease that stress, as Ninette Sosa reports in today's Health Minute.

Bill Wilmer has a chronic lung disease. He needs care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

His wife of 60 years, Mackie, is with him as much as possible, alongside the nurses caring for him.

She says their family has never focused on holiday gift-giving and decorations, but that those things will be scaled back even more this year.

You just have to do the best you can at adjusting and at making sacrifices, but making the best of a new situation.

Caregiving specialist Mary Lou Vergara says her number one piece of advice for anyone caring for another person -- make sure your expectations are realistic.

We may want the holiday experience to be the way that it was when we were younger. If you've always hosted the holiday dinner, maybe this year, one of your children or one of your brothers or sisters could do it at their house.

Vergara also suggests letting friends and relatives know what errands need done if they want to help.

Even with their current situation, Mackie knows what matters most this time of year.

To us, that's the important part of Christmas, is being with family.

For Today's Health Minute, I'm Ninette Sosa.

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