Caring For Mom & Dad: What Caregivers Need To Know About Preventing Burnout
As we age our loved ones continue to age as well, and many of us will find ourselves in the role of acting as a caregiver for our parents. Of course we want to provide our parents with the best possible care and the best quality of life when they are no longer able to care for their own needs as well as they once were, but it is also important for us to care for ourselves and protect ourselves from caregiver burnout. Today we will discuss the things caregivers need to know about caregiver burnout and how you can protect your loved ones while also caring for yourself!
What Is Caregiver Burnout?
A caregiver is someone who cares for the physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being of another individual who is no longer able to care for themselves. Often times this will be a family member such as a child, but it could also be a friend, neighbor, or even a stranger. While acting as a caregiver is a selfless act, it can also be a challenging task that can quickly lead to caregiver burnout if the caregiver doesn’t make sure to take care of themselves also. Caregiver burnout occurs when the caregiver’s own physical, mental, or emotional health and well-being become tired and begin to decline because they have forgotten to take care of themselves while they were caring for the needs of someone else. Common signs of caregiver burnout include consistent fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression. As a caregiver, it is important to be aware of the signs of burnout and what you need to do to avoid it.
Don’t Forget To Take Care Of You!
The best way to prevent caregiver burnout is to make sure you continue to prioritize and care for your own needs first! It is important to have realistic expectations for yourself and for you to clearly define what your role will look like as a caregiver and how you will balance that with maintaining your role as a son or daughter. You should also remember that even though you have committed yourself to taking on the role of the caregiver, it is still ok for you to ask for help from others when you need it. Senior living communities like Mease Manor are happy to provide the care and support our residents and their families need, while also helping families stay connected and have control over the care of their loved ones.
Mease Manor Retirement Community Gives Caregivers The Peace Of Mind They Need, While Giving Mom & Dad The Lifestyle They Want
If you are a caregiver looking for the best senior living options for your loved one, contact Mease Manor today! We have a variety of senior living options available ranging from independent living to assisted living. At Mease Manor, seniors get all the benefits of an assisted living community while still being able to maintain their own independence. Contact us online or call us at 727-738-3000 to schedule an appointment for your personal tour of our community. We look forward to showing you everything we have to offer!