Caring for another person takes a lot of physical and mental work on the part of the caregiver. It’s also emotionally exhausting. This is why caregiver burnout or compassion fatigue can set in. Here are some tips to keep yourself from experiencing burnout in while caring for your loved one in Atlanta, Georgia.
Recognize the Signs
Caregiver burnout is real, but it can be all too easy not to recognize the signs. Often caregivers become so focused on caring for the person who needs care that their own needs become secondary. So, it’s important to recognize these common signs of fatigue:
- Problems with Health
- Concentration Problems
- Sleep Issues
If you are experiencing one or more of these signs, it’s time to take a step back and consider ways to help yourself from burning out.
Take a Break
Taking time off, even if it’s just for a few hours, can help you feel better. Think about doing something different like going out for dinner, taking a walk, or simply watch a movie.
Talk to Someone
No one can successfully care for another person without support of some kind. Try talking with a friend or family member you trust and let them know how you’re feeling and what you’re struggling with.
Get Help in the Form of In-Home Care
In-home care is another way to prevent burnout. To relieve some of your family’s caregiving duties, a local, Atlanta in-home care provider would come in to give the necessary care. This can be for a few hours or overnight. This kind of arrangement can help your family take care of personal errands, return to work, or handle other matters, while your loved one is safe and cared for.
Know Your Limits
No one person is capable of doing everything when it comes to caregiving and that’s OK. Understand what your limits are and stop when you hit them. This will help you be a better caregiver in the long run.
Support for caregivers does exist. You can find support groups where you live locally as well as support groups online. Online and in-person support groups help to show that you’re not alone in how you feel nor is your situation entirely unique. They also give you access to a community of support from other caregivers.
If you’re experiencing caregiver burnout, join the Prescott HealthCare caregiver Facebook group, Caregiver Connection. It’s a place to foster community, encouragement and, support among caregivers.
About Prescott HealthCare, LLC
Prescott HealthCare is a family owned and operated private home care provider dedicated to giving Atlanta area families safe, personalized care right in the comfort of home.
Our certified aides help people with daily activities like:
|Dressing and grooming||Bathing and hygiene|
|Incontinence care||Medication reminders|
|Meal preparation and serving||Companionship|
|Errands||Escorting to appointments|
If you are interested in learning more about how we can help you at home, contact us anytime at: 404-883-3302 or right here online.