Published on: August 16, 2019
by Lakelyn Hogan, MA, MBA, Gerontologist and Caregiver Advocate, Home Instead Senior Care:
Caring for a loved one living with a dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease is among the most stressful of caregiving situations. Many caregivers lose sleep because they are afraid of what will happen to their loved one if left unattended. Others give up their jobs and social circles because they fear leaving their family member at home alone.
The role of caregiving can lead to ongoing long-term stress, which can result in caregiver burnout. A caregiver experiencing burnout may feel overwhelmed, unable to meet the demands of caregiving or even losing their motivation and interest in providing care. Caregiver burnout can lead to emotional, psychological and physical health issues.
The good news is, there are things that caregivers can do to prevent or reduce caregiver burnout. Here are 10 ways to avoid caregiver burnout:
For additional information on reducing caregiver burden, visit caregiverstress.ca. If you are in need of respite care, apply for Hilarity for Charity dementia home care grant by visiting helpforalzheimersfamilies.com.
Photo Credit: Home Instead Senior Care
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