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Slow Down when on the Road as a Caregiver

Caregiver Stress in Houston TX

Caregiver StressAugust is National Traffic Awareness Month and while the roads today seem to be busier than ever, it’s not an illusion. Every year, millions of new cars are added to the roads as more and more people get their driver’s license and begin to realize life without a car can be complicated, unless you live in a major city where public transportation is readily available.

As a family caregiver, you probably spent a lot of time behind the wheel. You likely spend far more time behind the wheel now than you did at any other time in your life, even when you’re going to college, playing in a band, or working three part-time jobs just to make ends meet.

All that time behind the wheel, coupled with the increased stress you may be feeling as a family caregiver, not just because of the demands your elderly loved one is placing on you, but also the stress that is increasing throughout your life, you may have a tendency to drive a little faster, roll through stop signs when turning right, or making sure you blast through the yellow light that actually turns red just before you make it through the intersection.

More traffic light intersections today have longer delays between one direction getting a red light and the next direction being given the green light. That is giving more people more encouragement to continue rolling through those intersections, even when the light turns red for them.

If you find yourself doing that, you increase the risk of getting into an accident or causing one. It’s time to step back, slow down, and be safer when behind the wheel.

Take an honest assessment of your current driving conditions.

You might not have any accidents on your record, you’ve never been cited for speeding, and you have no other moving violations to your name. That doesn’t mean you’re safe behind the wheel.

Ask yourself some simple and honest questions. Are you rolling through stop signs? Are you stomping on the accelerator when the light turns yellow just to get through it? Do you sometimes wonder how you got to your destination because your mind was elsewhere while behind the wheel?

If so, your safety is in jeopardy. It’s time to slow down. If you don’t feel that’s possible because of everything you have to do, look into home care to help provide support for your elderly loved one. It will not only alleviate a lot of the stress you feel at the moment, it will also likely help you stay safer because you won’t have to rush from one place to the next.

If you have a loved one who could benefit from home care in Houston, TX, contact the staff at SYNERGY HomeCare. We help seniors and their families with many levels of home care service. Call (281) 407-1200 for more information.

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