Why Is Caregiver Burnout So Serious?
There are many advantages to caring for an aging family member, from strengthening the bond you have with your parent or grandparent to the satisfaction you feel knowing you’re helping them stay in their own home rather than “a home”. But regardless of these advantages and the love a senior caregiver has for the recipient of their attention, caregiving can be emotionally and physically draining. This is especially true when added to other responsibilities at work and at home. If left unchecked it can lead to chronic stress or caregiver burnout.
Did you know at least 20% of adult children are taking care of an older family member and of those 38% report a “highly stressful” caregiving situation?
At Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Westerville, OH, and the surrounding area, we understand how stressful caregiving can be and the guilt you may feel because of that stress. That’s why we have put together a list of common caregiver burnout symptoms as well as ways you can cope with it. We want you to take care of yourself to because you deserve it!
Give us a call at (614) 699-6786 to learn more!
What Are The Signs Of Burnout?
Two things that a senior caregiver who experiences burnout tend to notice first are that they feel more fatigued and irritable than normal. These first warning signs are important and shouldn’t be ignored, as the problem will likely get worse over time and cause more unnecessary stress for the caregiver and their senior loved one.
Other signs that you are experiencing burnout could include:
Withdrawal from friends, family, and other loved ones
Feeling stressed in the patient’s presence
Loss of interest in activities which you previously enjoyed
Coping Mechanisms For Caregiver Burnout
There are so many healthy coping mechanisms to choose from that it can seem overwhelming at first. Finding the right solution that helps combat feelings of burnout can take time but, it is worth it to keep trying. You may find that learning more about your loved one’s condition helps you remain empathetic and provide better care. Or perhaps you find that picking up a new hobby helps you put the day’s worries behind you.
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.
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.
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.
What About Respite Care?
So, now you know what caregiver burnout is, common symptoms, and a few healthy coping techniques but, what should you do if you’re still having a difficult time? Well, you may want to consider choosing respite care! At Comfort Keepers, we understand that caring for your loved one is a tough job sometimes and we’d love to be able to help you out! Not only do we offer flexible respite care plans that can include one or more of our other core services, we have a kind, compassionate staff that will care for your loved one as if they were family.
If you’d like to learn more about why you should choose Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Westerville, OH, and the surrounding area, our full list of care services, or if you’d like more information on burnout and how to avoid it as a senior caregiver, please contact us online anytime or call us at (614) 699-6786. Our agents are available round the clock to answer your questions and schedule your free in home consultation.