Providing care for an aging loved one, while incredibly rewarding, can also bring about a high amount of caregiver stress. The full-time pressure of meeting a loved one’s care needs can swiftly escalate to become caregiver burnout – a dangerous condition that can lead to a loss of patience and emotionally charged outbursts, impacting not just the caregiver personally, but the senior as well.
It’s important to determine if you could possibly be in danger of developing caregiver burnout, and to locate help if needed. The quick questionnaire from our home care staff can help uncover whether you may have crossed the line from caregiver stress to caregiver burnout:
- Are you no longer finding joy in activities or hobbies/interests?
- Do you struggle with back pain, headaches, fatigue, and/or feeling sad or depressed?
- Are you getting sick more often than before?
- Is your temper shorter recently, either with the senior or other friends and family, in private or in public?
- Are you lashing out at your senior loved one when she or he displays concerning behaviors?
- Are you more emotional lately? Are you crying for little or no reason?
- Are you gaining or losing weight without trying?
- Do you have problems with falling or staying asleep?
If your answers to these questions are concerning, it might be time to think about finding help, for both yourself and the senior in your care.
At San Diego Home Caregivers, our thoroughly trained and experienced providers of home health care in La Jolla and surrounding areas can share the load by providing in-home respite care services – for several hours each week, full-time, around-the-clock care, or anything in between, offering a much-needed break to take care of your own personal needs, enjoy some downtime to rest and recharge, and to help you to be better prepared to provide the highest quality care for your loved one.
Just some of the countless ways we can help include:
- Friendly companionship for conversations and fun pastimes
- Preparing nutritious meals
- Assisting with household chores and laundry
- Grocery shopping and running other errands
- Providing transportation to medical appointments and outings
- And much more