Friday, July 20, 2007

The Caregiver: How To Deal With Caregiver Burnout

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from eldercare experts and you don't have much
time, you can go right to...

As a caregiver you know how tough your job is.
Providing eldercare and TLC to aging parents can
be stressful.

Since it's a fact that caregivers are at an increased
risk for depression, you have to be on alert.

~~~Signs of Burnout~~~
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • anger
  • exhaustion
  • self criticism
  • apathy over usual activities
  • trouble at work
  • trouble in relationships
  • substance abuse
  • feelings of being overwhelmed

~~~Things You Can Do~~~

  • check local senior service organizations
  • set up "home visitor" program
  • get respite care
  • join caregiver support groups
  • pay special attention to nutrition
  • try for 7 hours of sleep a night
  • vent to friends
  • push yourself to do things you once enjoyed
  • look for humor in everyday situations

You must take care of the caregiver!

Bless you,