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Caregiver Burnout

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Hello, everybody it's Brie from Affordable Home Care and welcome to this week's episode of "Senior Care TV". This week's topic, I am going to discuss caregiver burnout because it is strongly related to my industry. And unfortunately, most of us are gonna have to deal with this one way or another in our lifetime. So I'm gonna kind of talk about what it is, what are some of the signs and symptoms and what can we do to hopefully prevent this from happening?

So taking care of a loved one who has dementia, a physical disability, or other age-related conditions demands a lot of your time and energy and emotions, demands that can become overwhelming very quickly. Caregiving can tax your patients. It brings on fatigue, frustration, guilt and for a lot of people, it just becomes a grueling task that takes a heavy toll on the caregiver's body and mind. The effects of physical and mental health that it has on caregivers is very well-documented.

The last study conducted by the ARP said that a good proportion of caregivers describing their health as excellent or very good dropped from 48% to 41%. Another good study from Genworth found that four in 10 caregivers experienced depression, mood swings and resentment because of taking care of a loved one. Something else that was quite alarming was from the American psychological association, they found that people amongst the ages of 55 to 75 who are caregivers show a 23% higher level of stress hormones, which can lead to high blood pressure and, you know up to a 15% lower level of immune response which could make them more vulnerable to other infections and illnesses.

And over time, this can all lead to caregiver burnout which is characterizes feelings of exhaustion, guilt, stress, and the inability to cope. And this can easily begin to spiral out of control if it isn't managed properly. So that's why it's so important to watch for signs of caregiver burnout and ways that we can help alleviate the situation.

So some common signs and symptoms are anger or frustration toward the person that you're caring for or even your own family, anxiety, depression, denial about your loved one's condition, health problems, which I had kind of discussed previously, the inability to concentrate that makes it difficult to perform familiar tasks or causes you to forget your own appointments or things that are important in your life and it can also, you know, make it more difficult for you to care for your loved one. Irritability and moodiness, sleeplessness, and social withdrawal from friends and activities that you used to enjoy. These are all signs and symptoms that you'll want to watch out for if you think you may be experiencing caregiver burnout.

The good news is is we can prevent this from happening. First off, call us. Here at Affordable Home Care, we deal with this on a daily basis. I'm here to help. We can come in and give you a break. We can care for your loved one as a foreign extension of your own family. I'm proud to say this, I absolutely love working for affordable home care and I love what we do to help others.

A lot of time when I meet with family, it you can just see it in their eyes that they've had enough and they're feeling burdened and they're feeling stressed and they're feeling guilt because they love and they care for their parent or whoever it may be so much, but not one person can just do it all. It's impossible. So yeah. Give us a call. I'm happy to talk to you about our services and how we can help. Some other things that you may be interested as well would be joining a support group and being sure to communicate with your family and friends. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Again, like I had said, nobody can do this on your own and you shouldn't be expected to. You know, so take care of your own health. There are resources out there that can help you through this. So thanks for tuning in today, everybody. I hope I provided you with some helpful information and for anybody that may be or knows anyone suffering from this caregiver burnout that we were just discussing, and for anybody that may be suffering or may know somebody who is suffering from some of the things we just discussed, please feel free to share this video with them. Thanks everybody.