Caregiver burnout occurs when a family caregiver devotes too much time and energy to elder care. You may think you can handle it all, but you do need breaks. Here are some of the signs and problems that occur with caregiver burnout.
Signs of Caregiver Burnout
Withdrawing from friends and family can be a sign of caregiver burnout. If you don’t have time to go out with people anymore. On days you have time, you just don’t want to go out or socialize. Caregivers may feel angry. Why is this happening? Why did a parent have to get older? Why can’t your siblings do more to help out?
Another sign of caregiver burnout is feeling exhausted all the time. The caregiver can have a full night’s sleep and still feel too exhausted to deal with more. Some of this can because you try to sleep and you worry about your parent. Did your dad fall? Did your mom go outside and get lost?
Depression and anxiety are other signs. Worrying about what could happen next and repeating the what ifs. What if your dad runs out of money and can’t afford care? What if you can’t provide all of the care your dad needs? Depression makes it hard to care. You simply want to give up and shut yourself off from the world.
Why Does Caregiver Burnout Happen?
Most people have to juggle a job, responsibilities with growing children, and the needs of friends. When you add in the care of an aging parent, it can be overwhelming. Family caregivers often focus so much on the needs of others that they forget or ignore their own needs.
As the stress of trying to balance everything continues, family caregivers will become stressed and overwhelmed. Ignoring it makes it worse.
How Do You Prevent It?
To prevent caregiver burnout, you want to be sure you don’t overwhelm yourself. It’s important to keep up with your own medical and dental appointments. Take time out to get vaccinations when needed. Go out with friends and close family members. Attend social events and activities and festivals you find fun. What’s important to remember is that you need to take breaks.
Take time for yourself at least once a week. Even if you think a break is impossible, you need to. You can’t give your best when you’re burned out from providing elder care 24/7. Call an agency to talk about respite care services.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Katy, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.
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