Being a caregiver is a rewarding and fulfilling role, offering help and support to those that aren’t fully able to support themselves. Caregivers take on a lot of responsibility not only to the people they are caring for, but also to their patients family and friends. Juggling all the needs of everyone, caregivers often overlook their own needs – and that can lead to Caregiver Burnout. Burnout can manifest as a state of emotional, mental, and even physical exhaustion. Demands and needs of a caregiver can sometimes be overwhelming, and can put stress on the caregivers emotions and body. How can you help a caregiver that is experiencing burnout? What can a caregiver do to prevent or relieve burnout? First of all, ask for help! Asking and needing help does not make the caregiver less of a caregiver, it means that they can’t do it alone, and no one can! Caregivers need breaks. Visit with family and friends, enjoy activities, have an adventure. It’s okay to take a break. It’s important that caregivers take care of themselves, attending their own doctors appointments when needed, exercising, eating a balanced diet, and getting enough rest. There is support available and assistance with reorganizing where needed so that you can be a happier person and the best caregiver you can be.

Warning signs of caregiver burnout can include: Lacking energy Fatigue Changes in eating habits Withdrawing from activities they enjoy Neglecting their own needs The feeling that care giving is controlling their lives Becoming impatient and frustrated.

By Chusa Sylvestre – Copy Editor, Jessica Warren