What Is Caregiver Burnout?
Being a senior caregiver for your loved one can be hard work, especially when you may be trying to balance a career, kids of your own, or even just your own housework on top, and when all of these stresses add up they can result in caregiver burnout or fatigue. What does that mean? Well, in short, it is a state of physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion.
At Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Alexandria, VA, and the surrounding area we understand that there are only so many hours in a day and that you want to care for your loved one as best as you can, so we’ve put together a list of burnout signs and coping mechanisms to help you or your loved ones avoid feeling burned out.
Give us a call at (855) 335-3155 to learn more!
What Are The Signs Of Burnout?
The most common early signs of senior caregiver burnout are fatigue and irritability. You may begin to feel angry or stressed if your caregiving duties are preventing you from working full time.
Other signs that you are experiencing burnout could include:
Feelings of alienation, helplessness, or hopelessness
Lack of energy to do new things
Feelings of wanting to hurt yourself or the person for whom you are caring
Excessive use of alcohol, medications or sleeping pills
These feelings are frustrating, but they will only get worse if you ignore them and don’t communicate with your loved one or physician. There is no reason to suffer in silence.
Coping Mechanisms For Burnt Out Caregivers
Coping with senior caregiver burnout is a little different for everyone, and it might take a little while to get a routine set up for yourself. While some people find it therapeutic to journal or write about their day, others may find that making time to spend time with friends is more of their stress relief style. Don’t feel bad about taking time for yourself, you deserve it!
Here are a few coping mechanisms you might try:
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.
Listen to your body: If your body is tired, let yourself rest. It may be a good idea to take a vacation if you can. Even a night away from your responsibilities can do wonders for you!
What If Coping Mechanisms Aren’t Helping?
If you decide you need a little more help caring for your loved one, Comfort Keepers Home Care serving Alexandria, VA, and the surrounding area is here to help! We offer a variety of services, including respite care for overworked or burnout family members, with flexible care plans that can be adjusted as the amount of care needed increases or decreases.
If you’d like to learn more about how to avoid caregiver burnout, 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 (855) 335-3155. Our operators are available 24/7 to answer any questions you have.