Even though more than 39 million Americans provide unpaid care for an adult loved one, many family caregivers tend to feel isolated and alone. This is not surprising since most face these responsibilities with little to no help from other family members or outside supports. If the majority of your loved one’s needs falls on your shoulders, it is important to realize that you are probably overloading yourself and need to take some steps to safeguard your physical and mental wellbeing.
There is no doubt that caregiving involves hard work and dedication day in and day out. But even the most demanding jobs give employees vacation days and holidays off in order to ensure quality work and keep up morale. Nevertheless, so many caregivers take it upon themselves to provide around-the-clock hands-on care with minimal respite. This dedication is admirable, and many have no other choice due to a lack of support, but are these personal expectations realistic? What sort of long-term implications will this kind of care plan have on your health and the quality of the care you provide?
Caregiver Burden Mini Quiz
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you may be experiencing caregiver burnout. Complete the full self-assessment for care-related stress here.