Are you suffering from caregiver guilt or stress?

 

Care giving is extremely rewarding, but it is also very challenging. Balancing the needs of your family, your job, and your loved ones can easily lead to caregiver burnout. Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion that may be accompanied by a change in attitude – from positive and caring to negative and depressed, or feelings of guilt.  A feeling of guilt is normal and one of the biggest challenges that caregivers face. You may also find yourself suffering from stress and illness. The best thing that you can do for yourself and those that you love is to take care of yourself so that you can take care of them.

Balancing the roles of caregiver, household manager, laundress, chef, housekeeper, shopper, driver, career person, husband/wife/mother/father, and maintaining quality family time can be difficult and challenging. Once you are overloaded, minor things can be misinterpreted into major problems during the burnout, because stress overemphasizes itself.

 

Signs that you may be experiencing caregiver burnout:

  • Not sleeping well

  • Inability to keep up with activities that you enjoy

  • Feeling irritable or losing your temper easily

  • Depression

  • Feelings of guilt

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Lack of energy for every day chores

  • Feeling overwhelmed

Things you can do to relieve symptoms of burnout are:

  • Communicate your feelings to other family members who can help

  • Make time out of your day for yourself

  • Eat right

  • Stay hydrated

  • Exercise

  • Make an appointment to speak with your physician.

 

Signs a Loved Ones Needs KAYC Management

  • Recent or frequent hospitalizations

  • A recent fall or complaints of dizziness, feeling unsteady on their feet

  • Limited access to activities or isolated and alone much of the time

  • Weight loss or loss of appetite

  • Increasingly forgetful, confused or anxious

  • A change in personal hygiene, unkempt, and bath less

  • Has difficulties getting to appointments and running errands

  • Forget to take their medications

  • They taking multiple medications prescribed by different providers?

  • Diagnosed with a chronic illness requiring ongoing monitoring 

  

There are many resources available to you for help. If you have any questions regarding guidance, support groups, senior advisers, respite, or any other elder service needs please email karen@kayc-llc.com, or call (586) 533-0219.

 

Resources:  Karen Case, RN, ASRRP Senior Services, Inc., Area Agency on Aging