When someone is constantly running in emergency mode, as is often the case for a family caregiver, the mind and body pay the price. Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems, as chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in the body. It can:
- Raise blood pressure
- Suppress the immune system
- Increase the risk of heart attack and stroke
- Speed up the aging process
- And long-term, stress can even rewire the brain, leaving employees more vulnerable to anxiety and depression
The result of long-term exposure to stress for your company employees will be more absences and increased healthcare benefit utilization. If you notice symptoms of stress in an employee such as inability to concentrate, changing work habits, disorganization, bad moods and unrealistic judgments, steps can be taken to assist through a respite care benefits program or caregiving referral.
A strong support network is always going to be the greatest protection against stress. Through an eldercare program such as Live Free Home Health Care provides, we can help alleviate some of the responsibilities and pressures of family caregiving.
Consider the addition of eldercare services to your referral database or benefits package. Call Live Free Home Health Care in Concord today at 603-217-0149 to learn more.