Strategies for Dealing with Caregiver Burnout
Taking care of a loved one or an aging parent is extremely challenging. Not only does it take a lot of time, but it requires plenty of understanding and patience. The following tips from Home Care Assistance Scottsdale can help family caregivers avoid caregiver burnout.
In many cases, caregivers become so busy taking care of their loved ones that they forget to care of themselves. This results in anxiety, exhaustion, stress and frustration which all leads to “caregiver burnout.”
Caregiver burnout happens when the caregiver is tired and overwhelmed emotionally, mentally and physically. This makes it harder for the caregiver to continue caring for and meeting the demands of their loved one.
If you begin feeling tired and stressed, you should stop and analyze your feelings and the situation you are in. Understand your feelings and the reasons you feel this way. This will help you decide if you are showing signs of caregiver burnout so that you can prevent it from happening.
If you are providing senior care at home, the most important thing you can do to prevent caregiver burnout is to set time aside for yourself to take a break. Whether this is taking some time out to go see a movie, spend some time away with a friend, go shopping, sleep the whole day or even take a mini vacation, you need to do something that you want to do. Some of the signs of caregiver burnout are:
- Sleepless nights
- Losing too much weight or gaining too much weight
- Feeling helpless and overly emotional
- Feeling that everything is out of control and there is nothing you can do about it
- Being unable to control your patience and overreacting to things
- Avoiding time with family and friends or avoiding social events
- Increased levels of anxiety
- Exhaustion to the point that you can’t concentrate on anything
- Thoughts of hurting the person you care for or yourself
- Feelings of failure
Taking care of an elderly parent at home can be overwhelming and if you are feeling these same things, you must stop and take care of yourself. Make sure you are getting plenty of sleep and exercise. Make time to do something special for you. Look around for support groups for other caregivers. This allows you to share your feeling and experiences with those in similar circumstances. And most important, don’t forget that you can always choose respite care from a professional home care agency in Scottsdale, AZ. Whether you need temporary help to take a break or want a regular help caring for a loved one, a professional caregiver can be there to help with cooking, cleaning, light housekeeping, medication reminders, grocery shopping and much more. Call Home Care Assistance of Scottsdale and speak with a professional care manager about respite care for seniors.
Take care of yourself so that you have the energy and commitment to care for someone else.