Are You Feeling Burnt Out As A Rochester, NY Senior Caregiver?
It can be a joy and a privilege to care for an aging family member, providing them assistance with daily tasks. You have the opportunity to get to know them better and spend precious time with them every day. But this can be very taxing and stressful for you if you don’t have a good support system or the ability to take time for yourself. This is when a senior caregiver is most likely to experience burnout.
Did you know half of adult caregivers say it’s moderately or very difficult to balance work and caregiving?
At Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Rochester, NY, and the surrounding area, we know how hard it can be to deal with feelings of burnout. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the most common signs that you may be experiencing burnout as well as ways you can cope with it!
Give us a call at (585) 209-3728 to learn more!
What Are The Symptoms Of Caregiver Burnout?
As a senior caregiver, it is important to be able to recognize the signs of burnout. Many people first experience fatigue or irritability but, you may also begin feeling anxious, indecisive, or even anger towards the senior you care for.
Other signs that you are experiencing burnout could include:
Feeling stressed in the patient’s presence
Changes in sleep patterns
Feeling pulled in two directions
While it may be hard to admit at times that you’re having these feelings, it is incredibly important to address them as soon as possible. If left unchecked they can potentially cause you to feel ill or even affect the way you provide care. Fortunately, there is no shortage of healthy coping mechanisms that you can use to try to help alleviate these feelings and your stress.
Healthy Coping Mechanisms For Caregivers
There are many ways that you can cope with burnout in a healthy way as a senior caregiver, the key is finding which methods work best for you! Some people find that keeping an active social life is the best way for them to let go of the caregiver headspace at the end of the day, while others prefer journaling as a private way to vent their frustrations.
The sky truly is the limit here so, in order to help you get started, here are a few more healthy coping mechanism ideas:
Bring your employer into the loop: Sometimes it can be a good idea to let your employer know that you are providing care for a senior loved one. Some companies have caregiver related programs that offer leave time or flex time. While this isn’t available at every company, it doesn’t hurt to ask if you’re experiencing burnout.
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.
Ask family/friends for help: Enlist the help of family members when you are feeling down or burnt out. This will give you time to relax and help your family better understand your needs as well as that of your senior loved one. Be sure to express gratitude, even a few dollars, a gift card, or an evening at a restaurant go a long way towards showing that you appreciate the help.
What If I Need A Little Extra Time For Myself?
Now you know a little more about caregiver burnout and how to cope with it but, what if that doesn’t work? What should you do if you’re still feeling tired and burnt out? Well, a good place to start can be with a call to Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Rochester, NY, and the surrounding area! Our care plans, including respite care for overtired primary caregivers, are flexible enough to suit nearly every need. Whether you want a few hours a week to yourself or want to recharge with a short vacation, one of our caregivers will be there for your loved one. Our goal is to ensure they are happy, healthy, and safe in their home so you can take any time you need to be sure you are happy and healthy as well.
If you’d like to learn more about how Comfort Keepers Home Care 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 (585) 209-3728.