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Avoiding Caregiver Burnout

Aug 26, 2015 by Anonymous

The rewards that come from providing care to a beloved family member in need are real and significant. The burnout that can occur, regardless of your love and respect for that family member, are no less real. In order to maintain a great caregiving relationship and good health, it is essential to avoid caregiver burnout. Caring for yourself is a vital element of providing top quality care to another person.

The hardships of caregiving will depend largely upon the physical condition of the person you are providing care for and the hours of care required. If you have a family and career that you are also responsible for, the stress can accumulate quickly. When you see signs of frustration and fatigue begin, it is time to get help.

You are probably carefully monitoring the loved one in your care for signs of physical ailment and emotional health. As you are looking for their risk signs, do not neglect to watch for the same tell-tale symptoms of your own. Caregivers are often so focused on those in their care that signs of depression and poor health of their own go unattended. If you notice any of these symptoms, you need respite care and attention of your own.

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Lack of interest in favorite activities
  • Headache
  • Heart palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive problems
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability

When these signs indicate that you need to take steps to avoid caregiver burnout.

An immediate step that you should take if symptoms are presenting themselves is to get help. If another family member is not able to provide assistance, professional in-home care services can provide respite care that is affordable and top quality. The ability to tend to other responsibilities and your own health is priceless. Do not think that you have to do it all on your own.

During the time that you are with your loved one, it helps to reduce stress and caregiver burnout by remembering why you are there. Make the time with your family member special. You are making memories that you will treasure long after the moments are gone.

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