How Burnout Can Affect Caregivers
There are many rewards to being a senior caregiver for your loved one but, what should you do if you begin feeling burnt out? Between advancing your career, taking care of your children, paying bills, trying to maintain friendships and more, taking care of your elderly loved one can become overwhelming.
Did you know that nearly half of caregivers have trouble balancing work and caregiving?
At Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Annapolis, MD, and the surrounding area, we understand the pressure you feel as a primary caregiver to provide the best quality of care for their loved one but, sometimes you’ll get tired and that’s okay. You deserve a little time to relax and recoup! To get you started, we’ve put together a list of common burnout symptoms as well as healthy ways you can cope with them.
What Are The Symptoms Of Burnout?
While there are many signs and symptoms that can point to burnout if you are a senior caregiver, the two most commonly cited are irritability and fatigue. You may also experience trouble sleeping despite being exhausted or strife in other relationships.
Other signs that you are experiencing burnout could include:
Feelings of alienation, helplessness, or hopelessness
Emotional and physical exhaustion
Lack of energy to do new things
If you or a loved one are experiencing any symptoms of burnout, it is critical you act sooner than later as those feelings don’t typically go away with time. They may get worse, causing your health and ability to care for your loved one to deteriorate. Luckily, learning healthy coping mechanisms is an excellent first step in combatting burnout.
What Are Some Ways I Can Cope With Burnout?
Learning to cope with burnout as a senior caregiver can be difficult but, with so many healthy strategies, there is something for everyone. While some people find that exercising is a good way for them to let off steam after a long day, others might feel as though seeking professional help is the best solution. No matter what you choose, be sure it is a healthy addition to your routine!
Here are a few options to get you started:
Consider watchdog technology: Comfort Keepers® Home Care has partnered with SafetyChoice® in order to bring the next level of senior security to you and your loved one. We offer medical alert devices, such as necklaces and bracelets, that can alert loved ones in case of a fall or other home accident, several medication management devices, and state of the art home monitoring systems.
Find a healthy way to vent your frustrations: For some, this can be a friend who understands the demands placed on a senior caregiver. Others may find it works better for them to write down their frustrations in a private diary or word document.
Seek professional guidance and/or support groups: While it can sometimes be hard to find the time to sit down and speak with a therapist or counselor, it can be incredibly helpful for many people. Support groups may also be available in your area, you can try checking with local hospitals or places of worship for meeting dates and times.
What About Respite Care?
Taking care of your loved one can be an all-consuming job and sometimes it can become overwhelming if you don’t have a friend or family member to help out if you get sick or are overtired. This is where Comfort Keepers can help! We provide respite care for primary caregivers who need a little time for themselves. With our flexible care plans, you can choose how often you’d like a caregiver to come to your loved one’s home, as well as the core care services they need assistance with.
If you’d like to learn more about how Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Annapolis, MD, and the surrounding area can help you avoid feeling burnt out as a senior caregiver, if you’d like to find out more about our full list of services, or if you’re ready to schedule your free in home consultation, please contact us online anytime or call us at (855) 205-1382.