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What are the Signs of Caregiver Burnout?

Oct 19, 2018 by Nancy Hmieleski, RN, BSN Director of Nursing

When you first stepped into the role of being a family caregiver for your aging parent, you knew you were going to face challenges and difficulties as you managed your parent's needs. As you are fulfilling these needs, however, it is very important to be aware of how you are actually responding to these responsibilities. Recognizing the signs of potentially detrimental issues such as caregiver burnout allows you to intervene quickly, reduce the impact, and refocus on health, well-being, and quality of care for your senior, and yourself.

Some of the signs and symptoms of caregiver burnout can include:

  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Feeling "too tired" to participate in activities, or do the things you need or want to do
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Not feeling as motivated to give your parent the level of care they need
  • No longer feeling as though you care as much about your parent's needs, or the quality of care they receive
  • Feeling disconnected from your care efforts, or from your aging parent
  • Not being able to "bring yourself" to do more
  • Feeling fatigued or exhausted
  • Having difficulty making decisions, or following through with decisions
  • Getting distracted or off-track more easily

If you feel you might be experiencing an excessive amount of stress, are suffering depression, or may be at risk for caregiver burnout, it is important to act quickly. The sooner you are able to detect what you are going through, and accept it, the sooner you can find appropriate interventions and management techniques to ease the impact of these issues so you can move forward in a healthier, more beneficial way.

When you are dealing with the challenges of being a family caregiver for an elderly adult, it is important to know you are not alone. Elderly care can be an invaluable source of support and assistance to help you cope with these challenges, and maintain a better quality of life as you care for your parent. The highly customized services of an elderly home care services provider are specifically designed to help your parent stay safe, healthy, fulfilled, and comfortable as they age, while also granting you a higher level of flexibility in your schedule. Knowing your parent has this level of care is valuable in relieving your stress, and enabling you to feel comfortable taking a step back and focusing on other elements of your life, including your career, your home, your marriage, your children, and yourself. These benefits combined help to provide a higher quality of life for your senior, and for you. 

If you or an elderly loved one are considering elderly care in Hillsborough, NJ, or the surrounding areas, call the caring professionals at Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ. Call today (908) 806-2220.

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