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What is Caregiver Burnout?

Caring for a loved one can no doubt be stressful. When that stress goes unchecked however, it can lead to burnout. According to ClevelandClinic.org, burnout is a state of physical, emotional and mental exhaustion that occurs when taking care of someone else. Anyone who is a caregiver runs the risk of burnout. There isn’t just one solution to treat caregiver burnout but the following tips may be helpful:


1.      Make time for Self-Care

 

Self-care isn’t selfish. In fact, if you can’t care for yourself, caring for others won’t be any easier. Self-Care looks different for everyone. To some it may be going for a relaxing massage or nail appointment. For others, it may be a day of rest. However you decide, try to do something for yourself. In addition, don’t neglect doctors or dental appointments as healthcare is a form of self-care.

 

2.      Speak with a Medical Professional

 

If you are experiencing burnout, be honest with your medical provider so that your mental and physical health may be evaluated. Minimizing your feelings and what you are experiencing may make treatment difficult.

 

3.      Get Assistance

 

If you are a family caregiver, it can be hard to juggle your needs while caring for your loved ones. Try speaking with a family member or friend that can give you a much needed break. Professional help is also available. Consider hiring a home health aide to alleviate some stress.

 

 If you are considering home health care, contact Quality of Life Home Health Services to see how we may be of assistance.  

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