How Fatigue And Frustration Can Impact Caregiving
While it is true that being the primary senior caregiver for an aging loved one can be an incredibly rewarding experience, it can also be incredibly tiresome. When a caregiver doesn’t have enough time to rest and recuperate after a long day, it can lead to a state of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion also known as caregiver burnout.
Did you know women have been found to be more susceptible to caregiver burnout than men and those who are responsible for helping someone with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or a debilitating illness are also at a high risk of developing their own medical issues?
At Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Springfield, PA, and the surrounding area, we know how serious caregiver burnout can be which is why we’ve created a list of the most common symptoms caregivers experience, as well as a list of healthy coping strategies to try.
Give us a call at (610) 563-2968 to learn more!
How Do I Know If I’m Experiencing Burnout?
There are a number of early warning signs that you or a loved one who is a senior caregiver may be experiencing burnout. Two of the most common to be aware of are increased feelings of fatigue and irritability.
Other signs that you are experiencing burnout could include:
Losing control physically or emotionally
Feelings of wanting to hurt yourself or the person for whom you are caring
Withdrawal from friends, family, and other loved ones
When you notice these changes it is crucial that you or your loved one take action quickly, as these feelings are likely to worsen over time if they are ignored. There are a number of excellent options you can look into but, for many, finding the right healthy coping mechanism is a step in the right direction
Coping Mechanisms For Senior Caregivers
There are many healthy coping mechanisms that you can choose from as a senior caregiver but, the trick is finding the right one for you. Remember that what works for someone else may not be the best choice for you. For example, many people find that exercise helps them alleviate the stresses from their day but you may find it more frustrating. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get some exercise, just that it isn’t the best coping method for you!
Here are a few ideas to help you get started:
Find a hobby: The sky is the limit here, as long as what you choose is a healthy outlet from caregiving. Maybe you like watching reality TV or perhaps you enjoy a challenging sudoku puzzle or are interested in joining a book club, as long as it takes you away from the caregiving mindset for an hour or two.
Listen to your body: If your body is tired, let yourself rest. It may be a good idea to take a vacation or “staycation” if you can. Even a night away from your responsibilities can do wonders for you!
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.
When Should I Seek Outside Help?
So, you know more about caregiver burnout and have a few healthy coping mechanisms you can try but, what happens when that isn’t enough? If you don’t have a friend or family member who can step in to help, you can call Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Springfield, PA, and the surrounding area! We offer flexible respite care plans in order to provide you with the downtime you need while ensuring that your loved one is safe and secure at home. In addition, many seniors enjoy the additional socialization and conversation that the respite caregiver can provide!
If you’d like to learn more about how to avoid burnout as a senior caregiver, all of our available senior care services, or if you’re ready to schedule your free care consultation, please contact us online anytime or call us at (610) 563-2968. Our operators are available 24/7 to answer any questions you have.