Caregiver Burnout is Real: Make These 5 Changes

Did you know that over 50 million people are caring for an aging parent, spouse, friend, or neighbor? A little over 25% of people between the ages of 45 and 64 are currently caregivers.  

This is a time when some people may have reached the peak of their careers or are looking to slow down and travel the world a little. However, this also may be a time when someone is juggling many different things such as their job, kids, spouse, friends, and their aging parents.  

This juggling act may work for a little while but eventually, their aging parents will need even more help. This may be gradual but, in many cases, it could be a sudden incident such as a fall that causes the juggling act to come to a sudden stop.  

The best way to manage this extra level of stress and frustration is to take these 5 steps.  

  1. Change Your Mindset – It is extremely important that you take the time to change your mindset. Remember that in most cases, your parents are the ones that spent almost 18 years of their life helping you. Why shouldn’t we spend the last 18 years of our parents’ lives helping them? Others care for their spouse, but we made a commitment to them when we married them. It may not seem fair; however, it is important to take responsibility.  
  2. Focus on What You Can Control – There is so much out of our control and it does not do any good to worry about it or fear what will happen in the future. Therefore, if your loved one suffers from a cognitive decline such as dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease, they may say or do things that are hurtful. Remember, we cannot control the effects of this disease. Focus on making them feel special in the moment. Focus on memories or topics that make them happy. Do not focus on memories they have forgotten. 
  3. Embrace it As a Choice – Even if we did not expect to care for our loved ones, we can still use this step as a brain hack to overcome the frustration of caring for our loved ones. Think about how you would want to feel if you were in their position. How would you want to be cared for? Treated? Once you ask yourself these questions then embrace the choice to care for the other person. 
  4. Find a Support Group – It is so important to have people in your life who are going through the same thing. This way you have people who have empathy and can relate to what you are going through. This step is essential, and I would encourage you to find a local caregiver support group in your area.  
  5. Seek Help, take a Break – Do not be afraid to ask for help! It seems that most people we work with have waited too long to ask for help. They are exhausted and burned out by the time they finally give us a call. Therefore, I would encourage you to seek professional care services early in the process to help manage your stress from the beginning.  

We can help you and your loved one in 2 different ways. 

  1. Let us care for your loved ones in their home. (Home Care) 
  2. Visit our daytime senior care and activities center. (Senior Day Care) 

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