Caregiving is not an easy task. It’s rewarding but comes with a lot of stress. This stress can lead to issues with the caregiver. This is not good for either the giver or the person receiving care. In fact, caregiver burnout negatively affects the care that is received. It’s important for caregivers to take care of themselves so that they avoid burnout. This can happen to anyone, so it’s important for every caregiver to do some self-reflection. Below we will go over some symptoms of caregiver burnout.
• Constant feeling of exhaustion
• Concentration issues
• Trouble relaxing
• New or worsening health problems
• Weakened immune system (catching cold and flu more easily)
• Feelings of resentment
• Increasing irritability
• Neglecting your own needs
• No longer finding satisfaction in caregiving
Caregiver burnout is a serious issue. It leads to declining health for the caregiver and negatively impacts the care received by the loved one. One of the things that helps fight burnout is having a good support system around you. Remember, we can be a part of that system. Our care services can help alleviate some of the burdens of caregiving.