Experiencing Caregiver Burnout? Make These 5 Changes

Did you know there are over 40 million people caring for an aging parent, spouse, friend, or neighbor? Not to mention that a little over 25% of people between the ages of 45-64 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. New Mindset – It is extremely important that you take the time to embrace a new mindset. Remember that in most cases, your parents are the ones that spent nearly 18 years of their life helping you. Now they need our help. Others may be caring for their spouse, which can certainly test any marriage. It may not seem fair; however, it is important to accept our current reality and embrace a new mindset.
  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 similar situations. 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. Take a break and enjoy peace of mind knowing your loved one is safe and having the time of their lives at our fun and engaging Adult Day “Club!” (ActivAge Adult Day Club – Call 941-205-7722)
  2. Or let us help you at home. Enjoy care for your loved one in the comfort of your own home. (ActivAge Home Care – Call 941-979-5288)

To learn more about ActivAge Senior Care and the services we offer, please call (941) 676-3411!

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