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Preventing Caregiver Burnout


Taking care of your loved one is a noble deed, yet it can often lead to exhaustion and stress. If you are the primary caregiver for your loved one, you know that it is a 24-hour job. You must always be available, which causes neglect in your personal life. You often feel the need to take a break, but it is followed by the guilt of leaving your loved ones alone. This may be why you undermine your stress and brush off any fatigue or frustration you feel.

Sometimes it is okay to put your needs first without thinking you are selfish. Being the primary caregiver is not short-term; finding time for yourself is essential. Your care is equally important.

What is caregiver burnout?

Caregiver burnout is a state of extreme exhaustion when looking after a loved one becomes impossible to manage. People start feeling distant from those they are caring for and, in many cases, resent them. These feelings are severe and can risk the lives of the caregiver and those they are looking after.

Recognizing the signs of caregiver burnout.:

  • Do you have a constant headache, stiff back, or are frequently sick?
  • Do you feel on-edge all the time, even after you have met all your responsibilities?
  • Are you feeling short-tempered and are having constant fights with your loved ones?
  • Are you feeling bitter towards your loved one and feel you get no recognition for your efforts?

If you are having any of these symptoms above, let the experts of Michigan help you.

What is respite care, and how can it prevent burnout?

Respite care is a service that gives the primary caregivers time off temporarily so that they can cater to their personal needs. Respite care helps prevent burnout by allowing caregivers to pick up on new activities, switch routines, and enjoy life outside caring.

VisitingHelpers is a home care agency that provides respite care. We have experienced and well-trained care providers that can look after your loved one. We have experience with dementia, TBI, stroke, and other conditions that require a high level of care.

As the primary caregiver, it is easy to sometimes forget about yourself and your needs. VisitingHelpers are here to take some burden off your shoulders so that you can take care of yourself too. You don’t have to stress because rest assured, your loved one is in good hands.

To learn more about our respite care services, get in touch with our team today!

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