Would you recognize Caregiver Burnout?
Perhaps you are caring for a loved one in your home or they live in a residency under the care of professional caregivers and you regularly visit. Do you feel as if caregiving has taken over your life? That your days and nights are consumed with how your loved one is doing and what do you need to do next? Do you feel alone and stressed in a position that feels unacknowledged and unappreciated by not only your loved one but family and society?
Caregiver burnout is a state of emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual exhaustion that develops over time. With that, it’s only natural that a change in attitude follows, from a caring and positive nature to one of negativity and lacking concern, even hopelessness. “Resentment” becomes a more frequently used term right along with “guilt”. How does one get to the point of feeling guilty that they are not properly engaged in a situation they resent? How do I find help when those around me are now scarce or insist on telling me how I’m not doing things right?
Caregiver Burnout: Common Signs and Symptoms
- You are increasingly impatient and irritable with your care recipient.
- Your life revolves around caregiving, but it gives you little satisfaction.
- You neglect your own needs, either because you are too busy or you do not care anymore.
- Unrealistic expectations come into play as you may be expecting your involvement to positively affect your loved one, either physically or mentally.
- Unreasonable demands and burdens placed upon yourself.
- Frustration from not being able to control the situation. This can include your loved one’s condition, or an overall lack of resources, finances, organization, and simply not knowing what you don’t know.
It is important to recognize these signs BEFORE you become encased in their affects. If you feel you are dealing with caregiver burnout and need some assistance, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 912-629-1331 or email Jill at JCostello@HospiceSavannah.org.
• Consultations to provide individual support.
• Caregivers of a person living with dementia may benefit from dementia education and support from a “Teepa Snow Positive Approach to Caregiving™” Certified Independent Consultant.
• Twice-monthly Caregiver Fellowship and Twice-monthly Dementia Caregivers Support Group
• Dementia Care Partners Community where those caring for a loved one with dementia can meet to learn more about dementia and it’s effects
• Restorative Yoga every Thursday morning from 9:30-10:30am.
• Making Sense of Caregiving class – Are you the primary caregiver for a parent, spouse, or child with a serious illness, disability or diagnosis? Do you have thoughts and feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, hopelessness, and even resentment? These could be signs of caregiver burden and even caregiver burnout!
Join others who share your situation to explore the psychological ramifications of caregiving and to receive some practical solutions from our instructor Dr. TimMarie C. Williams, Ph.D., MCG – Gerontology Program Director; Georgia Southern University Armstrong campus. Please take one hour of your week for you… You will be glad you did!
While there is no charge for our classes, support groups, or services, we do ask for and accept donations. Please register in advance by calling 912.629.1331 or by e-mailing Jill at JCostello@HospiceSavannah.org with your name and contact information. Thank you.