5 Tips to Avoid Caregiver Burnout
Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion, and is more common than one may think. According to the Caregiver Action Network, the nation’s leading caregiver action organization, more than 65 million people provide care to an aging, disabled or chronically ill loved one in the United States.
Being a caregiver can be stressful, difficult and can sometimes be overwhelming. Caring for a loved one has the ability to impact your health, happiness and the relationship you share.
Here are five tips to help you avoid caregiver burnout:
1. Check in with yourself daily.
Oftentimes, caregivers forget to take care of themselves emotionally and physically. Take a few minutes each day to check in with yourself. Did you get enough sleep, water, food, exercise and socialization? It’s important to make sure you are receiving the sleep, nutrition and hobbies you need and deserve.
2. Connect with others.
Feeling isolated is common amongst caregivers, but the truth is, you are not alone. Joining a support group for caregivers allows you to connect with others in similar situations. Sharing your experiences can help reduce stress. Don’t be afraid to ask for support from neighbors, coworkers, friends and family.
3. Get Information and be organized.
The Red Cross, the Alzheimer’s Association and American House (just to name a few) offer seminars on caregiving. Attending a class or seminar can provide useful information and assist in preparing you for various situations. It’s also helpful to learn more about health conditions and needs that older adults may have.
Staying organized will give you peace of mind. Using tools, such as calendars and lists, can help you prioritize tasks and responsibilities. Make sure you know where all important documents are kept, such as Social Security cards, marriage and birth certificates, a will or trust, the deed to the house, and insurance and bank account records.
4. Know your limits.
Everyone has limits and no one person can do everything on their own. Accept help from others to avoid exhaustion and any resentment you might feel. If it’s hard to ask for help, start with something small, e asking for someone to pick up a few groceries or help with laundry.
5. Give yourself a break.
Take some time for yourself and do something you enjoy. Go on that vacation you’ve been planning, or spend time with that friend you’ve been wanting to see. Ask a friend or family member to spend time with your loved one or, if you are planning an extended stay somewhere, you can find a home health care provider, a senior living community that offers respite stays or agency that provides a caregiver.
American House communities offer respite stays, featuring resort-style amenities, and beautifully-furnished, private apartments with spacious floor plans. Your loved one will enjoy delicious meals, prepared by our culinary team. We also offer chauffeured transportation, laundry and linen services, many exciting events and activities and so much more.
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