Many family members selflessly care for elderly loved ones on a daily basis. However, in time, caregivers can feel exhausted and stressed, which leads to becoming easily irritated, frustrated, impatient, and, ultimately, burned out. Here are five of the most common reasons for caregiver burnout. Knowing the causes may help family caregivers prevent them.
1. Feeling Overwhelmed
Along with caring for their elderly loved ones, caregivers often have other responsibilities. They have families of their own and households to run. They may also have jobs and financial obligations. When caregivers take on too many responsibilities, they become especially vulnerable to the effects of stress. The physical and emotional demands of daily life may become overwhelming and cause caregivers to feel like they’re losing control. Taking time every day to rest, recover, and engage in enjoyable activities can promote relaxation and relieve tension.
Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care.
Some caregivers live with their older loved ones and provide assistance as needed 24 hours a day. A caregiver may be living with a senior with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. Older adults with these conditions commonly require around-the-clock monitoring to ensure safety, which leaves little time for their family caregivers to interact with the outside world. With no means of sharing or venting, tension builds. Spending time with friends and other family members is critical for mental and emotional wellbeing, so caregivers should make time every week or two to meet with friends and enjoy a relaxing lunch, do some shopping, or see a movie.
3. Constant Demands
Some caregivers provide around-the-clock care for their senior loved ones. Others may be in the position of having to be constantly available and ready to offer assistance at a moment’s notice. The mindset of always being on call or on duty puts undue stress on family caregivers.
It’s important to take a break from your caregiving duties to focus on your own health and wellbeing. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the Pembroke Pines respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.
Family members might be aware of the negative thoughts and feelings they’re experiencing while providing care. They may then feel guilty and question their worth as caregivers. The negative feelings and guilt build and often erupt in unpleasant ways.
Being busy with caregiving, maintaining careers, and managing financial obligations causes many caregivers to burn out. Some caregivers skip meals because they’re short on time. Others don’t get enough sleep because their duties require long waking hours or stress disrupts their sleep patterns. Healthy exercise isn’t a consideration for some because mental and physical fatigue leaves them exhausted. By not properly caring for themselves, caregivers cannot handle the loads they carry. Hiring respite caregivers allows family caregivers the time to focus on their own affairs and personal health.
Caring for a senior loved one can be an overwhelming task, especially when the caregiving duties are managed alone. Families who need help caring for a senior loved one can turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Pembroke Pines elder care. Services available in our customizable care plans include meal prep, mental and social stimulation, assistance with personal hygiene tasks, and much more. For compassionate, reliable in-home care, trust the experienced professionals from Home Care Assistance. Reach out to one of our dedicated Care Managers today at (954) 374-8273 to learn about the high quality of our in-home care services.