How Stress And Fatigue Can Impact Caregiving
It is true that choosing to be a senior caregiver offers many benefits, from strengthening the bond you have with a parent or grandparent to bringing you fulfillment and happiness to boosting the quality of life of your loved one. However, while caring for an elderly parent can be personally rewarding, it can also take a personal toll on mental and physical health without planned breaks from the daily focus of assuring the safety and well-being of a loved one, leading to physical, emotional, and mental stress known as caregiver burnout.
Did you know half of adult caregivers say it’s moderately or very difficult to balance work and caregiving?
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At Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Royal Oak, MI, and the surrounding area, we know that you want to provide the best possible care for your senior, which is why we’ve put together a list of common caregiver burnout symptoms along with ways you can cope with it. We want you to be able to be happy and healthy because you deserve care too!
How Can I Tell If I’m Experiencing Caregiver Burnout?
Two early signs that a senior caregiver may be feeling burnout are fatigue and irritability but, it is important to remember that it may not be the same for everyone.
Other signs that you are experiencing burnout could include:
Excessive use of alcohol, medications or sleeping pills
Emotional and physical exhaustion
Loss of interest in activities which you previously enjoyed
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to take action to bring your life back into balance sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, ignoring these signs won’t make them go away.
What Can I Do To Cope With Caregiver Burnout?
Coping is senior caregiver burnout is often a little bit different for everyone. For example, some people find that therapy or support groups are incredibly helpful and allow them to vent about their difficulties in an environment where they aren’t judged, while other people find that picking up a new hobby is enough to take their mind off of their day. As long as what you choose isn’t causing you or anyone else harm, the sky really can be the limit!
Here are a few more ideas to help you get started:
Schedule time for your health: While caregivers may spend a lot of time in doctor’s offices, it is often to accompany the senior they care for rather than for their own appointments. One way to combat this is by making your own appointments for regular exams, flu shots, dental visits, and the like at the same time you arrange a loved one’s.
Educate yourself about your loved one’s condition: Learning how to best manage your loved one’s conditions can be immensely helpful in decreasing stress. Some hospitals or local organizations may even offer classes to help you learn. For example, if you care for a senior with Alzheimer’s or dementia, learning how memory works and the way dementia progresses can help you better understand what your loved one is communicating if they’re having difficulty.
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.
Is Respite Care An Option?
So now you’ve learned a little more about caregiver burnout signs, how to avoid it, and how to cope with it but, what if you still need a little help? This is where Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Royal Oak, MI, and the surrounding area can step in! We offer flexible respite care plans so that you can take a little time to yourself and your loved one still receives the care that they need. Whether you just want a few hours a week to relax or take care of errands without worrying or feel like you deserve a short vacation, we will be there for you and your loved one.
If you’d like to learn more about how you can avoid feeling burnt out as a senior caregiver, for a full list of our available care services, or if you’d like to learn more about our incredible team at Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Royal Oak, MI, and the surrounding area, please contact us online anytime or call us at (248) 236-5627. Our operators are available 24/7 to answer your questions and schedule your free care consultation.