Caregiver Burnout

  • How to Identify and Minimize Caregiver Burden

    As a family caregiver, do you know how stressed out you truly are? Answer a few questions to determine your level of caregiver burden and find resources that can help reduce the strain of caring for an aging loved one.

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  • Compassion Fatigue: When Caregivers Go Beyond Burnout

    Although caregivers are often cautioned against the dangers of burnout, there is an even more serious phenomenon called compassion fatigue that can be detrimental to both care providers and recipients.

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  • The Sneaky Side of Caregiver Burnout

    Caregiver burnout doesn't happen all at once—it often sneaks up on you when you least expect it. Learning how to recognize the signs of increasing stress can help you act quickly to keep from becoming completely overwhelmed.

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  • How a “Fix It” Mentality Leads to Caregiver Burnout

    When caregivers enter a downward spiral of trying to fix everything that is wrong with their elderly parents, it leads to hopelessness, frustration and exhaustion. That’s when caregiver burnout strikes.

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  • Beat Caregiver Burnout, Be Honest With Yourself and Others

    Many caregivers experience "caregiver burnout" after a period of caring for an elderly loved one. Learn to recognize, avoid, and prevent caregiver burnout by remembering to make yourself a priority.

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  • 6 Signs of Caregiver Burnout

    Sometimes caring for an elderly loved one can become too much, leading to exhaustion, stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout. Be on the lookout for these common signs of caregiver burnout.

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  • 10 Common Caregiver Confessions

    Negative thoughts are a normal reaction to stressful situations. Instead of feeling guilty, caregivers must acknowledge these difficult feelings and seek out solutions to achieve a better care experience for both themselves and their care recipient.

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  • Lockdown Activities for an Elderly Loved One

    With self-isolating as the new normal, your aging parent may be missing their usual social interactions and activities. We’ve compiled a list of online resources to help keep the mind and body busy during the coronavirus outbreak.

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  • Caregivers Need Supportive Social Networks

    One of the best forms of "help" a caregiver can ask for is basic moral support. Knowing that someone acknowledges and understands their hard work can be the difference between success and total burnout. A social network is a must for family caregivers.

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  • A Self-Help Approach to Coping with Caregiver Stress

    It’s easy to get caught up in caregiving and let your own needs take a backseat, but your physical and mental health directly affect the quality of care you provide. Put yourself first by learning how to prioritize self-care and prevent caregiver burnout.

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  • How to Manage Caregiver Guilt When Hiring a Home Health Aide

    Family caregivers often feel guilty about hiring in-home care for their aging loved ones, but there are steps you can take to feel at peace with this care decision.

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  • Apologizing After Caregiver Stress Causes a Blowup

    Caregiving is a stressful job even during the best of times. Don't be too hard on yourself if you blow up from time to time but do look for reasons why you are feeling angry or frustrated and learn how to offer a sincere apology.

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  • In Caregiving, Anxiety Can Be Contagious

    Family caregivers often find themselves in high-stress, high-stakes situations where anxiety and depression can quickly take root. Left unchecked, these natural emotions can endanger a caregiver’s health and even be transferred to their care recipient.

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  • Caregiving Needs to Be a Team Effort

    Family caregivers can't do everything on their own. Putting together a care team that includes doctors, family, neighbors, friends, and even outsiders can help a caregiver provide better care, build a network of support and avoid burnout.

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  • Coping With Caregiver Anger

    Feelings of anger, frustration and resentment are all too common when caring for an aging loved one. Identifying how you cope with these emotions can help you devise strategies for managing caregiver anger in healthier ways.

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  • Overcoming Negative Emotions While Caregiving

    How does a caregiver break the cycle of negative thinking? Learn to manage feelings of resentment, anger and guilt brought about by caring for an elderly loved one.

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  • 10 Ways to Prevent Caregiver Depression

    A family caregiver’s risk for experiencing depression is 30 times greater than that of a non-caregiver. Use these tools to combat depression and find a treatment plan that is right for you.

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  • A Common Caregiver Confession: “I Secretly Wish My Ill Loved One Would Die”

    Watching an aging loved one decline is never easy, especially when they have a low quality of life. Caregivers experiencing burn out may wish for an end, not out of cruelty, but because they realize there is little they can do to help.

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  • Strategies for Coping With Caregiver Stress

    Whether you’re taking care of a spouse or caring for elderly parents, stress can play a big part in being a caregiver. Learn to recognize the signs of caregiver stress and discover ways to decrease the strain you’re under.

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  • I'm Forgetting and Misplacing Things; Is Dementia to Blame?

    Memory loss alone is not a sign of Alzheimer's disease. However, for caregivers, it could be indicative of other serious issues like chronic stress, sleep deprivation or burnout.

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