Caregiver is exhausted and showing signs of burnout information common warning signs of caregiver burnout you have less energy than you used to it seems like you catch every cold or flu that is going around you’re constantlyexhausted even after sleeping or taking a break you neglect your own needs either because you’re too busy or you don’t care anymore your life revolves around caregiving but it gives you very little satisfaction you have trouble relaxing even when help is available you’re increasingly impatient with the Care recipient (cr) you feel overwhelmed helpless and hopeless

Try: Recognize that caregiving is made up of lots of individual tasks some easy and some hard the tasks may need to be prioritized recognize that asking for help is a sign of strength it shows a pro-active problem-solving approach to make things easier and better for everyone create a list of list of tasks that need to get done in a given week group tasks into categories such as personal care for the cr transportation and household chores write down your caregiving worries seeing them in black and white may help diffuse some of their emotion share your list with someone you trust create a check list to share with friends and family members to see if they can assist with any tasks evaluate the situation and consider whether seeking help from an outside agency would be helpful

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Categories: Caregiver Needs&Support, Emotional Psychological, Medical Physical

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References: Adapted from www thefamilycaregiver org – national family caregivers association – reaching out for the help you need; helpful hints for family caregivers – share the caring; action checklists for family caregiver & those who care about them

Keywords: Caregiver stress burnout frustration at end of your rope frazzled exhausted

*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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