Home Instead Launches Caregiver Campaign - KULR8.com | News, Weather & Sports in Billings, Montana

Home Instead Launches Caregiver Campaign

Posted: Updated:

Taking care of a senior family member alone can be very taxing.

New research from a local caregiving program in Billings says when a large number of caregivers don't express their emotions or stress, it can lead to serious health problems. According to Home Instead Senior Care Owner Jean Holmquist, Home Instead Senior Care provides non-medical in home care services for seniors, and they're launching a campaign to minimize caregiver stress.

"There's a quiz on line and they can take it to see how involved they are and if they are a caregiver," says Holmquist.

Holmquist says she wants to help alleviate that stress of caregiving because it can often cause depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

"There's other articles there and educational pieces to help them find the help that they need and support and how monitor their physical health and mental health," says Holmquist.

77-year-old Betty Beven didn't want to ask for help, but was glad when she finally did.

"And you don't know what to do because it's just too much. And I hated to ask for home care," says Beven.

A caregiver comes in three hours a day, once a week to help out Betty and her husband Tom.

Since Betty contacted home instead, she's been able to have her own "girl" time, and its helped with the stress.

"You've got to laugh once a day, at least. And Tom and I laugh at the craziest things but you do. You have to have a sense of humor," says Beven.

Caregivers can ask for help through Home Instead Care to see if they can end their own quiet suffering, and learn to starting laughing again. To find out for information on Home Instead Senior care click on Connections.