Caregivers play a very important role in our society. They provide support, care and assistance to someone in their daily lives to help improve that person’s well-being. Caregivers do everything from grocery shopping, companionship and cooking, offering the personal touch and care to somebody in need.
Caregiver Burnout occurs when the caregiver suffers from mental, physical or emotional exhaustion. Caregiving can be a challenging role especially if you are caring for a loved one in your own home. It may feel like a round the clock commitment.
Caregivers often give so much that they may neglect to look after themselves, taking much needed time to re-charge. This may in turn affect their health, well-being, relationships and even the care that they provide. As such, it is important to know the signs of Caregiver Burnout and find ways of coping with it. Symptoms may include feeling of exhaustion, sleeplessness, anxiety, and hopelessness.
It is important to know that there is help and support out there, you are not alone.
Emotional support may come from family and friends, but there are also local or on-line support groups. Seek these out to speak to people in similar situations. www.caregiversalberta.ca is a great resource that provides information on Support Groups, Advisor Telephone Lines and even On-Line Workshops.
If you find that Caregiving is becoming too overwhelming, then speak to your Doctor.
Being a full-time caregiver likely means that you cannot work outside of the home. Contact your local government office enquire about eligibility for Caregiver Benefits.
Respite provides a much need break and can come with assistance from family members, friends or even outside organizations. There are companies that offer in-home care services. Alberta Health Services has a respite program. There is respite available in the form of day centers or retirement communities for short stays. This will enable the Caregiver to have a much-needed break and take time to recharge.