Mar 26, 2015

Caregiver Burnout

If you are the “family caregiver”, caring for elderly parents or other loved ones, you may be in danger of caregiver burnout. Caring for a loved one can be rewarding, but the demands of caregiving can also be overwhelming. You are responsible for managing someone else’s life obligations in addition to your own.

The family caregiver usually experiences financial pressures, household disruptions, adverse family dynamics, etc. This stress, along with the day-to-day tasks, can take a toll on your health, relationships, and state of mind.

Your siblings or other family members may not sympathize with the amount of work involved with being responsible for the hands-on care of your parents or loved one.

These are some signs that you may be at risk of caregiver burnout:

  • Neglecting your own needs
  • Constant fatigue, colds and flu
  • Drinking, smoking or eating more
  • Trouble relaxing – sleepless nights
  • Anxiety, anger or depression
  • Loss of Concentration
  • Socializing less – making excuses
  • Impatience with the one you care for

Once you burn out, caregiving is no longer a healthy option for you or the person you’re caring for. So it’s important to pay attention to the signs and take action right away when you recognize the problem.

ASK FOR HELP! Don’t try to do it all alone. Set aside time for yourself. Look into respite care with GLADDEN HOME CARE®. It is affordable, and our experienced caregivers would love to help…