It’s understandable to be occasionally stressed or fatigued by caregiver-related duties. However, what’s not normal is being so physically and emotionally overwhelmed that your ability to function well is affected. If you have concerns about reaching this point, it can help to know what risk factors to look out for. Here are some of the biggest ones along with some tips for what you can do to mitigate each risk.
Living with Your Senior Loved One
Little stresses and frustrations can quickly add up if your loved one lives with you. While you’re certainly not expected to ask your loved one to move out, what you can do is set reasonable boundaries when appropriate. It can be just as helpful to let other household members know you’d appreciate some assistance with more time-consuming tasks like running errands.
Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Mesa Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care.
You may become financially stressed and burned out if you’re constantly helping your loved one handle extra expenses. One option for mitigating this risk is to see if your loved one is eligible for senior programs that provide discounted services. Turning to in-home care may be helpful as well if your main concern is keeping up with your work-related obligations so your income remains stable.
Even though you regularly interact with your loved one, you may still feel isolated if you let outside interests fall by the wayside. Caregiver burnout can also be experienced if you feel as if you have no life beyond caregiving. Possible solutions include:
• Taking advantage of in-home or respite care to treat yourself to breaks to recharge personally and tend to your own needs
• Finding creative ways to maintain your social circle (e.g., combining remote connections with in-person interactions)
• Having trusted friends and family members you can confide in, talk to, and interact with
Whether you need respite from your caregiving duties or your aging loved one needs 24-hour care, Mesa, AZ, Home Care Assistance can meet your family’s care needs. Our dedicated caregivers are available around the clock to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, ensure seniors take their prescribed medications, and help with a variety of tasks in and outside the home.
According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, women are more susceptible to depression than men, which is why being female is considered a risk factor for caregiver burnout. It’s a risk factor that may be minimized by having a strong emotional support system involving friends and other family members.
Existing Mental Health Issues
You’ll be in a better position to handle the regular stresses of caregiving if any existing mental health issues you have are addressed. You may also be more susceptible to caregiver burnout if you have a family history of depression or anxiety disorders. With situations like this, it’s sometimes best to arrange for professional assistance to ease the caregiving burden or split caregiver duties with other family members.
Lack of Sufficient Stress Management Skills/Techniques
Being able to use effective stress management skills and techniques can reduce your risk of burnout. If you haven’t figured out strategies that work for you yet, you may find yourself increasingly stressed, frustrated, or depressed. Some caregivers find success with techniques that involve:
• Taking brief daily walks
• Engaging in relaxing forms of exercise that might include yoga or water-based activities
• Keeping a journal
• Exploring meditation, deep breathing, and other relaxation techniques that can be done just about anywhere
If you’re the primary family caregiver for an elderly loved one and need additional assistance providing high-quality homecare services, Home Care Assistance can help. We are a leading home care agency committed to changing the way seniors age. For more information about our flexible, customizable home care plans, call one of our compassionate Care Managers today at (480) 699-4899.